Firefighters continue suppression efforts in Lava Mountain Fire

(Dubois, Wyo.) - The Lava Mountain Incident Command Team has released an update on the Lava Mountain Fire northwest of Dubois this morning. The fire is currently 570 acres in size and remains at 0 percent contained. According to the news release suppression efforts are focused on the east side of the fire along Forest Service Road 540 and the private structures in the valley. In addition to structure protection on private property, suppression efforts are actively taking place along the Forest Service Road 540. If the conditions are appropriate, firefighters will conduct a burnout designed to remove the fuels between FSR 540 and the main fire. If done this burnout will help prevent the fire from running across the road and towards the nearby structures. While spot fires may still occur, this back-burn will help provide a more defensible position for crews to protect the structures. Air support is being also used to assist in suppression efforts. In dead and down timber, water and fire retardant temporarily reduce the fire’s intensity in the immediate area. To be most effective, aerial resources need to work in conjunction with firefighters on the ground so they can take advantage of the opportunity. Air operations are not being used in areas that are currently unsafe for firefighters because without that team work, the attempts to curb fire growth would likely fail. They are also sharing these resources with other incidents. So, based on threats and safety concerns, the number of helicopters and planes actively working the Lava Mountain Fire will likely change throughout the day. Road closures include the Forest Service road 540, Motorized Trail (MT) 10 and portions of the Continental Divide Trail from Pilot Knob to Sheridan Pass will also be closed starting today. View the area closure map below: [image: 0.png] #county10 #news #buckrail #lavamountainfire *Feature photo: h/t h/t Diane Brink / Pitchengine Communities*