Growth of Swede Fire Slows

By Staff
5 Aug 2014

A large fire burning on the Shoshone National Forest has grown little over the past week.

The Swede Fire burning in Washakie Wilderness increased to 1,500 acres two weeks ago. Officials flew over the fire last month and recorded its growth at 1,529 acres.

Higher relative humidity, lower temperatures, and milder winds are projected for this week, helping to slow the fire's growth. Fire managers also predict that more precipitation will further slow growth.

Fuels in the backcountry are dry and cured. Despite the forecast, managers have located areas around the fire's perimeter capable to igniting and spreading the fire to the north.

Monitoring efforts continue to protect resources, lives, and property on the forest.

The Swede Fire is the last active fire on the northern part of the Shoshone National Forest. Officials note that the fire is completing their objective of reducing fuels and creating opportunity for future plant growth.

Fire status will be updated on InciWeb and on the Forest Service Twitter feed.

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