Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:56 PM by Lindsey Gordon, MTN News
Updated: Aug 11, 2012 7:56 PM
In the Craig and Wolf Creek area there are two fires burning, one is 3-acres, the other is 1-acre. Responders are trying to lay down firelines at this time.
There are about 20 personnel on the ground for these fires and a helicopter is assisting.
The communication towers in Wolf Creek could be threatened by one of the fires if it grows, but Wolf Creek Fire Chief Rocky Infanger tells us that they are not currently threatened.
There are four fires burning in Stickney Creek area. There is no word yet on how big they are. Currently they are working on staffing these fires. There is a helicopter assisting and Chief Infranger says that they have no idea yet if there are any structures threatened.
All of these fires were started by lightning strikes.
Photos above of the fire near Craig shared with us by Tripp Hammer; click them for larger views.
Update - 03:18 p.m.
One firefighter battling a Wolf Creek blaze has been brought down from the fire lines for heat exhaustion.
Update - 5:00 p.m.
One of the fires in Wolf Creek is being called The Little Creek Fire and is blazing between 8 and 10-acres. This is the fire that is in the vicinity of a communications tower.
There are two helicopters helping fight the fire and an air-tanker is scheduled to drop fire-retardant on the blaze.
A smokejumper crew is also expected to be assisting.
Update - 6:10
Crews will soon begin evacuations of Ordway Lane in the Stickney Creek area.
There are four fires in the Stickney Creek area. The one threatening six homes on Ordway Lane is the Wagner Creek Fire, 1 & 2. The bigger of the two is at 25-acres. It is possible that these two fires may merge into one.
There are also the two other fires in the Stickney Creek area that they are calling Rocky Fork Fires, 1 & 2.
Crews are making good progress on controlling The Little Creek Fire near Wolf Creek.