Purdy Fire Update: August 20
Burning northwest of Union Pass
August 20, 2006
Status: 9,700 acres, 35% contained, 300 structures threatened
The Purdy Fire was ignited by lightning on Friday, August 4, 2006 on the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forest approximately 9-miles east of the Goosewing guard station, near the north fork of Fish Creek. It is approximately 15 miles northwest of Green River Lakes and 7 miles northwest of Union Pass. The fire has burned 9,700 acres -acres of lodgepole pine, spruce and alpine fir.
The Shoshone National Forest has implemented Level One fire restrictions which prohibit campfires outside of campgrounds. Based on current fire conditions, fire managers on the Bridger-Teton National Forest have elevated the fire danger rating to very high; conditions on the Shoshone National Forest are considered extreme. Fire managers consider several factors – including moisture content of various fuel types, current and expected weather trends, and local fire activity. In addition to the Purdy fire, two new starts in the Jackson area demonstrated the volatility of current conditions. For more information on current fires within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, call 307-739-5080.
As of Saturday, August 19, firefighters made good progress in securing the northern flank of the fire and plan to move into a patrol and monitor status for the northern flank. Crews are continuing with mop-up and looking for hot spots within the perimeter.
Northeast and East: Crews are continuing line construction and burnout operations. Southeast: Crews are working to contain numerous spot fires.
As a precautionary measure, structure protection specialists are setting up water sprinkler defenses in the Union Pass area Sunday. Sprinklers can be turned on remotely to create a protective curtain of water. This water shield will aid in slowing or stopping the fire’s advance towards structures at risk.
Resources: 388 personnel, including 7 crews, 19 engines, 3 water tenders, 6 helicopters, 2 dozers, and overhead personnel.
The Shoshone National Forest is in level one fire restrictions which prohibit campfires outside of campgrounds.
An area closure remains in effect for a large area surrounding the Purdy Fire. Please check with a local Forest Service office or the website below for details and current closure map.
Joint Information Center - 307-455-2466