Wildfire activity report
July 27, 2014
Two lightning-caused fires are burning in the Upper Green River Valley area.
The Bang Creek fire was discovered in the Bacon Ridge (Union Pass) and Gros Ventre area over the weekend, it is currently at 52 acres in size. Smoke is visible from the Green River and New Fork Lakes area. This fire is being allowed to fill its natural place on the forest landscape. Fire activity is reported to having moderate spread potential burning in aspen, mixed conifer and subalpine Fir.
The Scab Creek wildfire was first reported on Thursday, July 24th burning approximately 11 miles east of Boulder, Wyoming in the Scab Creek Wilderness Study Area. It is about 150 yards from the Bridger Wilderness boundary. It has has burned approximately 1/4 acre of timber, brush and grass in steep, inaccessible terrain in the Silver Creek drainage. The fire is creeping and smoldering, but producing significant smoke due to heavy timber. Based on current and expected weather as well as concern for firefighter safety due to the extreme topography, the fire will remain in monitor status unless fire activity increases. If this occurs, minimum impact suppression tactics will be used with safety remaining the number one priority.
Outdoor recreationists are urged to use caution or avoid these areas entirely since fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop. Fire managers advise to be cautious when traveling in these areas and be aware of signage. For more wildfire information visit www.tetonfires.com and to report a wildfire, call Teton Interagency Fire at 307-739-3630.