Top Stories July 31, 2016

Cliff Creek Fire Update

by Jackson Hole. Media

The Cliff Creek Fire is being actively suppressed with a mixture of ground crews and aerial resources. Where fire is moving towards and into the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area, fire will be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the wilderness.

 

Fire objectives include keeping the fire south and east of the Granite Creek Drainage bottom and north of Dell and Jack Creek.

 

The firefighters planning to continue burnouts today on the east flank. A burnout is setting fire inside a control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line. Often referred to as “fighting fire with fire,” the controlled burn will burn strip(s) of vegetation to create a barrier to the oncoming #CliffCreekfire by using up all the available fuel between the burnout and the #CliffCreekfire.

 

During burnout operations, the public can expect to see an increase in smoke coming from the fire area. These burnout operations may take several days to complete.

 

Highway 189/191 is open. For the SAFETY of firefighters and the highway travelers, passing is not allowed in passing zones within the fire area & no stopping along the roadway or parking in pullouts is allowed within the fire area.

 

Kozy and Granite Creek Campgrounds remain closed.

 

 

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