Gusty winds contributed to the spread of the fire at Painter, near Evanston Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO/UC Fire and Ambulance

Gusty winds contributed to the spread of the fire at Painter, near Evanston Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO/UC Fire and Ambulance

Update Friday, Painter Fire 45% contained

EVANSTON — Gusty winds hampered the firefighting efforts at the Painter Fire near Evanston, but an intense, active response on the ground, coupled with air support had slowed down the Painter Fire around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, fire trucks were reported headed west out of Fort Bridger about 4:13 p.m. after the scanner initially alerted. At first report later in the day, the size of the fire was estimated at 500 acres and growing.

According to the briefing released Thursday morning, the fire was about 25 percent contained. Crews were to continue working to fortify fire line and increase containment according to the Uinta County Fire and Ambulance Facebook page.

It was estimated Thursday morning the fire was about 850 acres and the weather was forecasted to have gusty winds and low humidity Thursday afternoon. A GPS mapping was to be used yesterday for amore accurate size of the fire.

In addition, according to the Thursday morning briefing, “two helicopters will be on the fire this morning assisting crews with drops to keep fire from growing… Crews on scene from Uinta County, BLM and 3 engines from Worland who came over from the Richard Mountain Fire south of Rock Springs.

An update at 7 p.m. stated crews continue to battle the Painter Fire with support from the air. It also stated, “strong winds continue to drive the fire to the north and east.”

By 10 p.m. the fire was estimated to be about 600-700 acres. Crews remained at the fire overnight and additional resources arrived Thursday morning to assist in the suppression and control of the fire.

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