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Gel used in Hole in the Wall fire

CLARK, Wyo. — Today, firefighters used water enhancing gel extensively in areas of the fire where the terrain is so rugged, it is unsafe for firefighters to build line. The enhancer used is called “Thermo-Gel” and consists of 99 percent water and a very small amount, 1 percent, of the gel concentrate. The gel concentrate consists of super-absorbent polymers mixed with water and is being used to suppress fire activity in the northeast area of the fire.  The gel enhances the efficiency of water and was used to target specific hotspots. Approximately 50 helicopter bucket loads of water enhancer were used today.

Fireline has been built in the Robertson Creek drainage in preparation for a burnout operation however; we will not be conducting this operation prior to a wind event forecasted for Thursday. We will use this fireline as a secondary contingency line.

The Hole in the Wall fire remains at 6,200 acres and has increased to 85 percent containment.

Presently there are 297 personnel assigned to the incident including four Hot Shot crews, seven helicopters, 13 engines, one dozer and one water tender. As percentage of containment increases fire managers will begin demobilization of resources.

Cooperating and assisting agencies include the Montana DNRC; the Clark Fire Department; Custer and Shoshone National Forests; Park County Fire, Park County Sheriff, Red Lodge Rural Fire, Carbon County, MT Sheriff.

The Red Lodge Information Center has closed. For your information needs contact the Information Center in Clark. Hours for the Information Center are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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