Firefighters are making progress against a 400-acre wildfire threating 13 homes in western Wyoming.
The 400-acre Chall Creek Fire was 20 percent contained Wednesday. It ignited Sunday 30 miles west of Pinedale and has prompted some evacuation orders. Most recently, the Bridger-Teton National Forest issued emergency road closures forest roads 10359 (South Beaver Rd.), 10143 (North Fork of Middle Beaver Road) and 10362. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Daniel/Merna/Horse Creek road Hwy 354, County Road 115 (Merna/North Beaver Road) and Siems Road (County Road 163).
Evacuations for North Beaver Road, Timberline Lodge, County Road 115/Merna-North Beaver road, and County Road 163/Siems Road will be lifted Thursday at 8 p.m., at which time residents will be allowed back in their homes. Closures at the forest boundary will remain in effect until further notice.
No buildings have been reported lost. The cause remains under investigation.
Near Jackson, the nearly 3,400-acre Horsethief Canyon Fire is 82 percent contained.
The danger posed to the town of Jackson has passed, but firefighters are still keeping an eye on homes on the southern end of the fire. Crews are working toward containing the fire along that flank.
In northern Wyoming, the 8,050-acre Gilead Fire near Buffalo is 38 percent contained. It was started by lightning in the Bighorn National Forest on Aug. 14.