Hardluck Fire Update - August 15, 2013
Incident: Hardluck Fire Wildfire
Hardluck Fire - Shoshone National Forest
Fire Information: (307) 250-6867 or (307) 250-0148
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: Warmer temperatures and lower humidity than was predicted yesterday stoked the fire, which became more active in the afternoon. The helicopter assigned to the fire was temporarily reassigned to help suppress two new fires on the Clarks Fork Ranger District reported yesterday afternoon. The fires, which were roughly one-tenth of an acre in size when discovered, were ignited by lightning the day before. Containment of these two fires is expected by noon today.
Today’s Strategy: More fire activity and smoke is expected today. Two reconnaissance flights are planned and an infrared flight has been requested for this evening to measure actual fire growth and intensity. Fire managers are continuing to assess contingency plans in the event the fire burns out of the wilderness.
Forecast: A very dry air mass will settle over the fire area today and will remain through tomorrow. Very low relative humidities are expected this afternoon and evening ranging between 9 and 13%. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s. No thunderstorms are expected for the next couple of days. Smoke may be visible in the region from both the Hardluck Fire and large fires in Utah and Idaho.
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 (County Road 6WX/Forest Service Road 479.B).