Saturday, September 10, 2016

Update on Tin Cup Fire

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, WY EIIFC FIRE UPDATE - Increased Fire Activity on Tin Cup Fire
Idaho Falls, ID – Fire activity has increased on the Tin Cup Fire located approximately eight miles northwest of Freedom, Wyoming on the Soda Springs Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire was reported August 29, 2016 and is highly visible from Highway 34. Forest Officials ask individuals refrain from calling dispatch to report this wildfire.

Following is the video of the associated smoke from the fire on Friday viewed from the cam at Star Valley Ranch

Tin Cup Fire

The fire is burning along the ridgeline between Jack Knife Creek and Marshall Canyon, spreading slowly to the southeast. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team is carefully monitoring this fire and preparing fuels in case a more aggressive suppression strategy is needed. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) is allowing this fire to play its historic role in the forest ecosystem. Wildfires provide a natural disturbance event that encourages and supports aspen rejuvenation. Aspen stand are a vital and necessary component for healthy wildlife habitat.
This does not mean the fire is burning without human intervention; rather, fire resources are available to take action on fire spread at predetermined management action points. As the fire shows more or less activity, the staffing on the incident will grow or shrink accordingly. Advanced modeling programs are used to predict fire spread and the probability of that outcome. Firefighters use these models to determine where pre-treatment would be most beneficial and effective.
Tin Cup Fire
Engines and handcrews are hard at work conducting fuels abatement work along power lines located near the bottom of the drainage and near the Highway. Crews are wrapping poles with a fire protective wrap and assessing private properties near the fire area. Reducing fuels will decrease fire spread and intensity should the fire progress that direction. In addition to firefighters patrolling the vicinity to monitor fire behavior, a remote camera was placed on a ridge overlooking the fire area. The camera allows fire managers to monitor fire activity at any time during daylight hours and monitor its progress.
The Tin Cup Fire is likely to burn until a major precipitation event occurs or until it snows. CTNF has posted a caution to forest visitors on Forest Trail #463, Marshall Canyon. Fire managers urge individuals to use caution and stay out of the area due to fire hazards.

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