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Pedro Mountain Fire

A charred fence post shows the outer limits of where the Pedro Mountain Fire burned on Aug. 27. Local officials took command of the response Friday morning.

Local officials took command of the Pedro Mountain Fire at 7 a.m. Friday. The fire is now 88 percent contained.

Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 had been working on the fire since Aug. 26. Members of the local Type 4 incident management team shadowed the regional team before taking over.

The fire, which reached 23,408 acres, has been reduced to “minimal fire behavior with smoldering in the duff and around stump holes,” according to a Friday morning news release from the Type 3 team. Crews are monitoring containment lines and structures and using heavy equipment for suppression repair, according to the release.

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The lightning-sparked fire began Aug. 24 southeast of Pathfinder Reservoir, and evacuation orders were put in place until Wednesday. It has burned seven structures, according to a federal fire report. The report did not offer details about the kind of structures that were destroyed, but officials have said at least some of the buildings were either seasonal or permanent homes.

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The fire also temporarily forced closures at Pathfinder, as firefighting aircraft used the reservoir as a water source.

During its first days, hot and dry temperatures coincided with the fire’s rapid growth. But cooler, moister air has moved to the area, and showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.

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