Thursday, July 28, 2016

Small Wildfire Reported in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park official have reported on their Facebook page that a small fire is burning near Jackson Lake. Here's what they have posted so far:
"Teton Interagency Firefighters are monitoring a lightning-ignited fire about three miles west of the northwest shore of Jackson Lake and about six miles south of the Grassy Lake Road in the park. Smoke is visible from the east side of Jackson Lake, including US Highway 89. No closures are currently in effect, but backcountry visitors to the area should remain alert for changing fire conditions."
Last week Teton Interagency fire managers announced that the fire danger rating was increased to Very High for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area. The National Park has also reported smoky conditions from two other nearby wildfires. Due to conducive weather conditions, those fires continue to grow. Here's an update on those fires:

* The Cliff Creek Fire was discovered on the Bridger-Teton National Forest at 2:30pm on Sunday, July 17th. It was reported approximately 5 miles north of the town of Bondurant. The lightning ignited fire has now burned over 21,000 acres, and is only 15% contained. The fire is currently moving towards and into the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Although Highway 191 was closed between Bondurant and Hoback Junction last week, it has since reopened. There are currently 721 personnel on this incident. For more information on this fire, please click here.

* The Lava Mountain Fire is burning northwest of Dubois on the Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest. This fire was also caused by lighting on July 11th, and is currently active in thick timber. This fire has now burned more than 12,000 acres. There are 766 firefighting personnel on the scene. As of yesterday morning, there was 0% containment. Numerous evacuations and road closures in the area are currently in effect. Hikers should note that the Continental Divide Trail is still closed from Sheridan Pass to Pilot Knob on the Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National. For more information on this fire, please click here.

To report a fire or smoke in Bridger-Teton National Forest or Grand Teton National Park, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307.739.3630. For more fire information, please visit www.tetonfires.com.



Jeff
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