Drought, beetle-kill factors in Fontenelle Fire
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The 37,000 acre Fontenelle Fire in Wyoming has shut down gas, oil and helium production in the area around LaBarge, Wyoming, causing significant economic impact, according to the Forest Service.
The fire started last Sunday and the cause is unknown. The fire is mostly burning on the Bridger Teton National Forest, about 17 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming.
Dry conditions across the area resulted in active fire behavior, with running, torching and short-duration crown fire, as well as significant spotting, andmaking an estimated two-mile run to the north and northeast.
The fire is 5 percent contained.
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