Purdy Fire Update: August. 22
10,960 acres, 35% contained, 300 structures threatened
August 22, 2006
8/22/06, 7:15 PM Update from Purdy Fire Managers:
"There have been NO evacuations called for on the Purdy Fire. The fire did see some growth today (Tuesday). There will be an infrared flight tonight and have a better assessment in the morning for exactly how far the fire spread. It has not reached any of the trigger points for evacuation." - Purdy Fire Joint Information Center
The Purdy Fire is located northwest of Union Pass, approximately 15 miles northwest of Green River Lakes, west of Dubois.
Tuesday, August. 22, 10:00 AM update from the Shoshone & Bridger-Teton National Forests
Community Meeting Wednesday, August 22 - 7:00 PM at the Line Shack
Another community meeting is being held on Wednesday August 23 at 7:00 PM. This open forum will allow the public to interact directly with some of the Purdy Fire Management Team and Shoshone National Forest Officials.
Size: 10,960 acres
Structures Threatened: 300
Costs to Date: $2,900,000
Resources: 444 personnel, including 8 crews, 25 engines, 1 water tender, 6
helicopters, 4 dozers, and overhead personnel.
Infrared (IR) flights continue to show substantial amounts of heat in the southeast corner of the fire in Little Devil's Basin. Winds from the southwest, coupled with the terrain and heavy fuels in the area, could allow the fire to move quickly in a northeast and easterly direction.
What is planned for today?
The majority of resources for the fire are being pre-positioned in strategic places in order to respond to the expected wind event. Containment lines are being established further east of the fire front in the Green Creek area. On the northeast side, crews are continuing line construction and burnout operations to tie the fire in at a meadow in the Warm Springs drainage.
A portable-batch mixer for fire retardant has been established just north of Line Shack. This will allow helicopters to refill quickly should there be a need for fire retardant.
Over the past several days, structure protection specialists set up 22,000 feet of sprinkler hose line and 26,000 gallons of water in order to provide structure protection. Structure Protection Specialists will be assisting fire crews to test and fine tune the system in the event that implementation is deemed necessary. In addition, several dozers will also be staged in the area.
An area closure remains in effect for a large area surrounding the Purdy Fire. Please check with a local Forest Service office or at www.inciweb.org for details.
Geographical locations have been established, called trigger points, that will result in definitive evacuation orders. These points are established to provide timely information to allow the safe removal of residents and their pre-packed necessities from an approaching emergency. The sheriffs' office will issue official evacuation notices.
For more information on current fires (Hackman, Horse Creek, and Pilgrim) within the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton National Park, call 307-739-5080. More information on the web: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/402/ Purdy Fire