The Fontenelle Fire was a lightning start and when I arrived, it was already near 50,000 acres near
Big Piney and Montrose Wyoming. With numerous other fires of higher priority, we had mostly
ground crews to work with most days without the help of helicopters or tankers.
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This fire would skip over meadows and patches of timber so that there were multiple large smoke columns throughout.
The three photos on the left tries to show the large area the fire covers with a patchwork of burnt and unburnt areas.
On the right, the fire consumes alpine pine quickly.
On this day, winds push the fire as it nears 100,000 acres.
These last photos show retardant drops as we try to close off a corner on the fire. This was my last few
days on this fire, as I returned to Oregon and another air crew took over.