-, Top Stories July 15, 2016

New Fire On the Bridger-Teton National Forest

by Jackson Hole. Media

 

Today, the U.S. Forest Service’s Greys River Ranger District, and Interagency firefighters, are responding to the White Fire, located approximately 18-miles down the Greys River Road from Alpine, Wyoming, and four miles south of the Deer Creek Guard Station.

This lightning-caused fire is 1/4-acre in size. It is burning in shrubs and grasses, along with some fallen, dead timber, and mixed conifer trees. A member of the public reported the fire yesterday afternoon and firefighters responded and located the fire in the early evening. 

There are no structures threatened with this fire and no road closures.

The fire danger rating for the Bridger-Teton National Forest has been at ‘High’ since the end of June. A high fire danger rating means that fires can start easily and spread quickly. When determining fire danger, fire managers use several indicators such as the moisture content of grasses, shrubs, and trees; projected weather conditions (including temperatures and possible wind events); the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and availability of firefighting resources across the country. 

Firefighters need your help. Please make sure you are extremely careful with flammable materials when visiting the forest. Campfires should be drowned, and cold to the touch before leaving the area.

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

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