As of Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017, the National Interagency Fire Center based in Boise, Idaho reported 1.4 million acres have burned as part of 77 major fires in the western states. Fires in this category are managed for full suppression and preservation of resources.
Larges fires in this category were reported as making “significant runs” in Montana, Oregon, Washington and California of Monday night.
A thick blanket of haze and smoke covers Star Valley, the result of the western fires.
The Pole Creek Fire in south Lincoln County has burned 3,148 acres. The fire includes 89 personnel in two crews, assisted by six engines and two helicopters. The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain and is being managed at the containment lines to minimize spread of the fire.
In the meantime, part of the Pole Creek Fire Crew was reassigned to the a new human caused fire in the LaBarge Creek Meadows, southeast of Star Valley in the Kemmerer Ranger District. The human caused “Travis Fire” was less than an acre on Tuesday.
Other Wyoming fires includes the 2,527 Keystone Fire in the Medicine Bow National Fores and the 1,618 June Fire in the Shoshone National Forest.
In Montana to the north, Gov. Steve Bullock called on the Montana National Guard to help fight major fires. The Big Sky State issued issued an official “fire emergency on Aug. 11 and on Friday, Sept. 1, updated the rating to a “fire disaster.”
Some reports have noted a $100 million in damages to homes and property in Montana associated with at least 44 major fires.
The National Weather Service reports the haze and smoke will continue to cover the area, resulting in deteriorating air quality.