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News Bulletin - firefighters hope for mop-up
Date: September 29, 2012
Firefighters on the Rock Creek Fire near Red Top Meadows hope to begin mopping up today, Sunday.
Mop-up begins after the initial fire advance has slowed and firefighters can concentrate on containing and controlling the blaze and eliminating hot spots. They will stir ashes and break up burned stumps.
The goal is to make sure heat is dissipated so winds won’t rekindle the fire, managers said in a description of the planned action posted on the federal inciweb site. Weather must cooperate, fire managers said, but the blaze has been “knocked out” and is only smoldering.
Firefighters pulled off the blaze at 9 p.m. Saturday to protect themselves. Several agencies responded to the fire on the west side of Munger Mountain which grew to 30 acres.
News Bulletin - Red Top Fire 30 acres
Fifteen firefighters, two helicopters and an engine are fighting a wildfire a half mile south and east of Red Top Meadows.
The fire on the Bridger Teton National Forest is 30 acres, according to the largest estimate made on the federal inciweb website. It is burning on the west side of Munger Mountain, east of the Fall Creek Road, according to maps at the website.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday authorities had imposed no road or trail closures but urged recreationists to be careful.
Additional firefighting resources have been ordered and the cause is being investigated.
One resident said one of the two airships was busy shuttling between Fall Creek and the blaze, carrying a water bucket and dousing the flames.
“The helicopter pilot is amazing,” Greg Smith said. “He’s making a run every few minutes.”
The fire was reported at 4:30 p.m., the website said.
News Bulletin - Fire at Red Top Meadows
Teton County Emergency Management at 5:02 p.m. Saturday issued an evacuation advisory for residents of Red Top meadows after a wildfire ignited a half mile south of the rural enclave.
The message said responders were on scene at the community south of Wilson.
The advisory extends east from the bus turnaround on Fall Creek Road and means residents there should make preparations to evacuate.
At Red Top, resident Greg Smith said Saturday afternoon at about 4:50 p.m. he could see white, then black smoke coming from the blaze. Law enforcement vehicles were swarming the neighborhood and a helicopter with a water bucket was attacking the blaze, he said in a telephone interview.
Resident Norm Larson said the fire is burning in Rock Creek — advancing to the east — on a flank of Munger Mountain on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Sagebrush and some trees are involved and the blaze is moving toward more trees, he said.