Firefighters tackle small forest fire on South Pass

Sep 10, 2015 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Firefighters pounced on a forest fire Thursday on Limestone Mountain before it grew out of control.

The U.S. Forest Service will continue to monitor the area amid high wildfire risk across Fremont County.

Multiple fire departments were dispatched at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday to Limestone Mountain Road just east of Wild Iris on South Pass due to a report of smoke in the area.

Fremont County Fire Protection District chief Craig Haslam said the fire was burning on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property.

Because there was little wind on the mountain, the fire did not spread quickly and only burned about two acres.

"There was a slight breeze but nothing like the wind conditions we have been seeing," Haslam said.

U.S. Forest Service district ranger Steve Schacht confirmed Thursday that 2.1 acres of forest had burned.

"A cause (of the fire) has not yet been determined," Schacht said. "We are looking at lightning as a possible cause, but we weren't able to determine (the cause) on site."

He said the fire had been contained and will be monitored through the burning period.

"There is not an active flame at this time, but we will continue to monitor the area," Schacht said.

Haslam said this is not the first forest fire in the South Pass area.

"There are scars from old fires," Haslam said. "Some were human-caused, and some were from lightning."

In this particular area, Haslam said the fire was not in a campground, but it was located near a road on Limestone Mountain.

Assisting U.S. Forest Service on scene was BLM, Fremont County Fire Protection District battalions from Riverton and Atlantic City, and the Lander Rural Fire Department. Crews were on scene until about 9 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

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