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Hardluck fire tops 15,000 acres
The Hardluck fire 15 miles north of Dubois in Park County is the state's largest. U.S.Forest Service

Hardluck fire tops 15,000 acres

Aug 11, 2013 - From staff reports

The Hardluck Fire continues to burn in the Shoshone National Forest in Park County, ear the Fremont County border.

Acreage was reported at 15,628 on Saturday afternoon, although the fire was not flown for acreage last night due to cloud cover.

The northernmost section of the fire is 6.5 miles south of Needle Creek. The southernmost point is about 15 miles north of Dubois. Smoke continues to be prominent in the Dubois area.

The fire has been allowed to burn, but it is being monitor closely in case it burns over the Continental Divide and expands south toward Dubois.

The fire is named for its proximity to Hard Luck peak, elevation 11,742 feet.

Some area closures are in effect.

Here is a Shoshone National Forest fact sheet on the Hardluck Fire, issued Saturday:

Fire status: 15,628 acres, 0 percent contained.

Fire history: Fire was reported by a fire detection flight on July 20. Fire was caused by a lightning strike within the days prior to the report.

All structure protection and fuels reduction work on national forest lands at the end of the South Fork Road have been completed.

Objectives: Firefighter and public safety

Recent events: Cloud cover over the fire area prohibited aerial infrared mapping so there is no new acreage to report. However during a reconnaissance flight Thursday afternoon fire managers noted active fire in upper Marston Creek and around the confluence of the South Fork Shoshone River and Robinson Creek.

Rain showers occurred in the vicinity, but the fire received only one-hundredth of an inch.

Current strategy: Assess potential fire resource needs for the Wind River District of the Shoshone National Forest in case the fire continues south over the divide. Monitor fire behavior.

Forecast: Similar to Saturday's weather with cloud cover, scattered rain showers and a 10 percent chance of wetting rain. Warming drying trend with temperatures 5-8 degrees higher and relative humidity 5 percent lower than Saturday

Closures and evacuations: An area closure is in effect for the entire South Fork drainage beginning south of Aspen Creek beyond the South Fork Road (Forest Service Road 479.B).

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