Pedro Mountain Fire

Firefighters from the Wyoming Interagency Hotshots burn from a control line cut in by a dozer. The purpose of the burnout is to clear vegetation close to homes or in areas that may allow the fire to spread.

The Pedro Mountain Fire has destroyed seven structures and consumed 19,500 acres near Pathfinder Reservoir, authorities said Monday.

Crew have contained roughly a quarter of the fire, which ignited Aug. 24 due to lightning, according to federal fire reports.

The reports note that seven structures have been lost, but do not provide additional details. An earlier announcement said at least some of the destroyed buildings were either permanent or seasonal homes.

Much of the growth of the fire, which is burning east of the reservoir in rural Carbon County, was due to crews successfully igniting unburned areas along the south and east sides of the fire. Firefighters also ignited fuel in the interior of the fire near Pedro Peak, which had the potential to spread to homes in the area, the latest fire report states.

“Crews will continue patrolling near homes in several sections, as well as mopping up and looking for areas still holding heat, including near Mountain Shadows and Chimneys,” the report states.

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More than 400 firefighters were working the blaze Monday, along with more than three dozen vehicles. The were forced to contend with temperatures in the 90s and gusty winds.

Several evacuations remain in place including for:

  • Pedro Mountain Estates;
  • Pedro Mountain Ranch Road; and
  • Caldwell Ranch.

Kortes Road remains closed from the intersection of Fremont Canyon Road south to Leo/Sage Creek.

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Joshua Wolfson joined the Star-Tribune in 2007, covering crime and health before taking over the arts section in 2013. He also served as managing editor before being named editor in June 2017. He lives in Casper with his wife and their two kids.

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