Fire updates 7/28

By on July 28, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO –

Cliff Creek Fire

Wind gusts and high temps made for a rough day on the Cliff Creek Fire. Fire managers have identified Elbow Draw in the northeast perimeter as the crucial containment spot to keep fire from moving too far east. Fire officials are also still concerned Granite Creek is not safe yet, as the drainage is aligned with how the fire wants to behave.

According to IC Tony DeMasters, current fire suppression strategy is 60 percent full suppression and 40 percent containment. Revised projections are now a 50-50 chance the fire will be 100 percent contained by the end of September.

More backburns will be performed today sending heavy smoke and particulates into the air. A total of 721 are currently assigned to the 21,483-acre blaze. The fire is an estimated 15 percent contained.

 

Lava Mountain Fire

Crews on the Lava Mountain Fire spent yesterday putting out spot fires in the Union Pass area, protecting summer homes and ranches there in Dunoir. Ground crews began fire line construction on the west side of Hat Butte, and secured the northern perimeter protecting Highway 26.

Kim Martin and his Great Basin Team 2 are now in command of the wildfire. It is a Type I incident team with 766 personnel on the blaze along with 0 percent containment so far. The fire has burned 12,169 acres. Cost to suppress the Lava Mountain Fire is currently $7M and counting. Martin has targeted September 1 as the date he hopes the fire can be called managed.

The Incident Management Team will conduct a public meeting tonight at the Dubois High School at 7 p.m. to present an overview of the current status, planned actions, and activities.

Tanker drop at Lava Mountain Fire

Tanker drop at Lava Mountain Fire

New Fire

Officials in Grand Teton NP are keeping a close eye on a new fire north of Jackson Lake. Firefighters are monitoring a lightning-ignited fire near the confluence of Berry Creek and Owl Creek, approximately three miles west of the northwest shore of Jackson Lake and six miles south of the Grassy Lake Road.

The current size of the fire is approximately 3 acres. It is burning in mature stands of conifer and spruce fir forests with isolated torching in an area of the park considered a fire-adapted ecosystem and recommended wilderness.

The Berry Creek Fire is being managed to protect people and property, and to enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate.

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