Lightning sparks fires on Bridger-Teton National Forest
Fire Danger is HIGH
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
July 25, 2010
The Bridger-Teton National Forest reports that a lightning storm, which passed over the area on Wednesday, July 21, resulted in nine wildfires on the forest to date. Most fires were less than 1 acre and initial attack efforts were successful where suppression was the objective due to resource values at risk. The Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center has experienced a total of 22 fires since June.
The Cow (1/10 acre) and Granite Falls (1/10 acre) on the Jackson District, the Little Hoback (1/10 acre), Kozy (1/4 acre), Kilgore (1/10 acre), and Upper Hoback (1/10 acre) on the Big Piney Ranger District, and the Lost Lake Fire (1/10 acre) on the Greys River Ranger District have all been declared out.
Current uncontrolled fires are;
The Bull Fire on the Jackson Ranger District is located at the head of Bull Creek south of Hoback Junction. The fire is currently 60 acres burning heavy mixed conifer. Management objectives include; provide for public and firefighter safety, allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem, manage the fire in a cost effective manner, and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations.
The Second Creek Fire located on the east face of Deadman Mountain on the Big Piney Ranger District, is currently ľ acre. The fire is burning in light timber with grass fuels adjacent. This fire is currently in monitor and patrol status.
The Coal Fire, 41 acres, is in the Coal Creek drainage of the Kemmerer Ranger District. The fire is burning in heavy timber and is located approximately 16 miles northeast of the town of Cokeville off of the Coal Creek Road. Objectives are to provide for public and firefighter safety, suppress fire movement to the east and heavy continuous timber east of Samís Creek, suppress fire movement to the west and the BLM boundary, reduce natural fuels and rejuvenate conifer encroached aspen stands by allowing fire to burn in affected timber stringers, allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem, and manage the fire in a cost effective manner.
Fire danger for the Forest is High and visitors are reminded to be extremely cautious with fire and ensure campfires are dead out.
For more information on these fires go to www.tetonfires.com or call 307-276-5826.