Fontenelle Fire

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A Type II firefighting team has now been assigned to the Fontenelle Fire after it jumped the county line from Fremont into Sublette and is darkening skies in Pinedale with its smoke.The wildfire increased tenfold in the past 24 hours after winds maxing out at 40 miles per hour changed direction. Currently, 12,000 acres have burned as the fire settled into Snider Basin and is moving toward Big Piney. Incident Commander Mike Wilde is ordering additional resources today. Five engines and 92 crew members were assigned to the fire as of this morning. BTNF spokesperson Mary Cernicek said water drops by the helicopters have been useless due to high winds.The wildfire on the Kemmerer Ranger District, 33 miles northwest of LaBarge, WY, in Lincoln County, was discovered around 4:30pm on June 24, 2012. The LaBarge Creek Road the Thompson Pass Road (to Snider Basin) are now closed. Cause of the fire has not been determined.