Top Stories July 27, 2016

Lava Mountain Fire Threatens Homes

by Jackson Hole. Media

Nearly 800 firefighters are working to keep homes near Dubois safe as they battle the Lava Mountain fire and more subdivisions prepare to evacuate.

The main focus of the crews, armed with 6 helicopters, 10 water tenders, 3 dozers, and 55 engines,, has been providing structure protection in the Union Pass, Teton Valley Ranch, Timberline, and Big Diamond Ranch areas along Highway 26. As of 10:00 pm last night no structures have been lost.

The fire has burned around the Teton Valley Ranch Camp with no structures lost and continues to move in a southerly direction crossing Crooked Creek west of the Teton Valley Ranch as well as easterly, crossing the Teton Valley Ranch Road North of the Camp. The fire is now pushing against the evacuated Union Pass area.

Because of this fire activity the Fremont County Sheriff implemented a Level 2 “SET” pre-evacuation order for the following areas: Stony Point, Bald Mountain, Upper Little Warm Springs and Lower Little Warm Springs. The “SET” stage means that there is significant danger to your area and you should prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. You should have your important items packed and know what you plan to do with pets. Once evacuated, you may not return to your home for any reason. Doing so risks your life, endangers firefighters, and hampers fire suppression operations.

A Red Cross shelter has been established at the Old High School in Dubois the contact number is 307-689-0886. All evacuees are requested to check-in at the shelter for communication purposes.

Highway 26 remains open at this time with a no-stopping zone established in the vicinity of the fire. The Continental Divide Trail is closed from Sheridan Pass to Pilot Knob, and Motorized Trails 10, 11, and 15 are also closed. Forest Roads 513, 532, 542, 540, 542.1I, 629, and 732 are closed.

The Wellness Screening/ Blood Draw event scheduled for July 27, 28, 29 at the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center is still on. Please come and participate.

Great Basin Team #2, Incident Commander Kim Martin, will take command of the fire Wednesday morning. Starting tomorrow morning, email, updates, and Fact Sheets will be produced by the Great Basin Team.

 

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