BREAKING: Cliff Creek Fire Forces More to Evacuate

By on July 18, 2016

UPDATE—3 p.m., Monday, July 18: Teton County Emergency Management has ordered an immediate evacuation for Granite Creek due to the Cliff Creek Fire. People at Granite Hot Springs and Campground, Safari Club International, and the Jack Pine Summer Homes should evacuate immediately. “The Cliff Creek Fire has crossed Shoal Creek and is spotting on the ridge above Granite Creek,” the alert stated.  “The Incident Management Team believes there is an imminent threat to life and property in Granite Creek.”

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center in Teton County at Colter Elementary School, 1830 High School Rd., in Jackson.

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JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Fire season began with a bang in Jackson Hole over the weekend as three wildfires have the valley hemmed in from the north and south.

The largest and most threatening blaze is the Cliff Creek Fire, which is gobbling up acreage just north of Bondurant. The fire is estimated at 2,200 acres. Officials closed Highway 89/191 less than a mile from Hoback Junction yesterday. They were permitting local residents through as far south as Bryan Flats but those living northern Bondrant and the Dell Creek area have been forced to evacuate. Campers in Kozy Creek Campground and guests at the Black Powder Ranch were also evacuated.

The current track of the Cliff Creek Fire is up through the basins to the north-northeast including Granite Creek and Shoal Creek drainages. Officials have not ruled out a possible jump into the popular recreating area of Granite Creek Hot Springs. Camping is currently discouraged in that area as forest personnel are warning users to move out.

The Cliff Creek Fire was discovered at 2:30 p.m. yesterday. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive on later today. One barn has been burned. No other structures have been lost or injuries reported at this time.

Cliff Creek fire

Cliff Creek Fire jumps Highway 91/189.

Heavy smoke continues to blanket the Hoback Canyon highway. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as visibility is limited. The highway will remain closed between Stinking Springs (north) and Daniel Junction (south). Stinking Springs is about five miles south of Hoback Junction.

Firefighters are aggressively attacking the fire to prevent it from movement north to Granite Creek or expansion toward Deer Mountain. Helicopters and at least one fixed wing aircraft have been dropping water and retardant ridge lines and on the flames. A heliteam reported another pocket of fire while fighting the main blaze. The Deer Ridge Fire is estimated at less than five acres but could grow and merge with the Cliff Creek Fire.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center for those without a home or needing assistance for livestock. Its located at the Pinedale High School Wrangler Gym at 2655 N. Tyler Street in Pinedale.

Both wildfires are believed to have been lightning caused.

Lava Mountain Fire

A wildfire northwest of Dubois in the northern Wind River Range is burning at 250 acres. Smoke from the fire is visible in Jackson. The fire is burning in thick timber on Lava Mountain. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered for that fire. It was likely caused by lightning.

Weather is not expected to be cooperative for firefighters. Hot and breezy conditions will be the rule for most of the week.

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