Good news on the Bone Creek fire as of yesterday.
InciWeb is reporting:
The Bone Creek Fire was started by lightning on Monday, August 13, 2007. Active fire suppression began at once and crews continue to fight the fire. Firefighters have worked day shift only due to the safety concerns associated with the steep and rugged terrain found in Shell Canyon.
Firefighters engage the fire at points where it is safe to deploy crews. Their numbers fluctuate on the fire dependant upon the weather and burning conditions. In early September there were close to 250 firefighters engaged in the suppression effort. Due to recent moisture and cooler temperatures there are now only about 50 firefighters on the line.
The fire is presently 13,450 acres and is 95% contained. No structures or improvements are threatened by the fire. All designated forest roads are open to public access. You can expect to see smoke from the Bone Creek fire until there is sufficient snowfall to effectively put out the fire.
Current information on the Bone Creek Fire along with maps, photographs and press releases can be found at www.inciweb.org or the Bighorn National Forest web site, www.fs.fed.us/us/r2/bighorn.
The latest InciWeb news release reports:
Greybull, WY (Sunday, September 16, 2007) – The Bone Creek fire was turned back to the Bighorn National Forest this morning after firefighters gained 95% containment on Saturday, September 15, 2007.
The fire will continue to be suppressed until it is declared out. A Type III team will manage the suppression effort. The public can expect to see smoke, helicopter water bucket drops and firefighters on the line until a season ending weather event puts out the fire.
All designated forest roads in the area are open to the public use. Please follow the forests off road travel regulations.
The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team would like to thank the communities of Bighorn County for helping to make our firefighting effort both productive and cost effective.
Big thanks to all those working – and who have worked – the fire.