Hardluck Fire Update - August 13, 2013
Incident: Hardluck Fire Wildfire
Tuesday August 13, 2013
Shoshone National Forest
Status: 15,719 acres, 0 percent contained.
Fire History: Reported by a fire detection flight on July 20, 2013, the fire was caused by a lightning strike within the days prior to the report. All structure protection and fuels reduction work on national forest lands at the end of the South Fork Road have been completed.
Objectives: Firefighter and public safety
Recent Events: An infrared flight last night showed a 91 acre increase in fire size since the last infrared flight on August 9th. The moderation in weather conditions has had an impact on fuel moistures and their availability to burn. Much of the heat on the fire has cooled from four days ago.
Today’s Strategy: Specialized fire personnel arrived at the Wind River Ranger District yesterday and will work to become oriented to values to be protected on the southern end of the fire. They will continue to work on contingency plans should the fire continue south. Aerial reconnaissance by Forest trail staff will be conducted today to check the status of the trails in the fire area. This will help determine what work will need to occur to repair any sections of trail as necessary.
Forecast: Weather conditions for the next couple of days are expected to be cloudy and cool with relative humidity in the upper 20% range. There is a 50% chance of wetting rain today and 20% chance tomorrow. Drier and warmer conditions will come into the area Thursday, Friday and possibly into the weekend.
Closures and Evacuations: An area closure is in effect for the entire South Fork drainage beginning south of Aspen Creek beyond the South Fork Road (Forest Service Road 479.B).