Holy Smokes: Fire Update

By on August 24, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Smoke-filled days in Jackson have become the norm lately as the fire season drags on. A resurgence in wildfire activity, locally, was fueled by dry, gusty winds out ahead of a cold front. The winds helped push the Berry fire across Jackson Lake and over Highway 89/191/287 on earlier this week. That road remains closed, cutting off access to Yellowstone National Park via the south entrance.

Why is the highway to Yellowstone closed? This is a good reason. Monday's fire activity shows flames sweeping across Highway 89/191/287.

Why is the highway to Yellowstone closed? This is a good reason. Monday’s fire activity shows flames sweeping across Highway 89/191/287.

Another fire in Idaho is moving quickly toward Victor prompting Level 1 evacuations for residents west of Pole Canyon. Highway 31 remains open through Pine Creek Pass but officials strongly recommend no unnecessary travel due to heavy smoke.

Firefighters are focused mainly on structure protection with the Berry fire. The conflagration is being allowed to take its course toward the northwest and into wilderness area. Huckleberry Lookout—a historic fire lookout cabin—is being fire-wrapped and protected should the flames get there. Meanwhile, mop up efforts continue around the highway to get it safely reopened.

Where is the smoke coming from?

Where is the smoke coming from?

Just over the hill, the Tie Canyon fire is being worked by one hotshot crew of 86 along with local firefighters. Resources are becoming more and more limited as wildfires continue to plague communities throughout the West.

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