Stubborn Fire Hangs On

By on July 22, 2016

Firefighters need a break… in the weather.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Wildland firefighters continue to protect structures in Granite Creek as the Cliff Creek Fire grew to 11,534 acres mostly up toward Deer Ridge via Shoal Creek drainage and Riling Draw. A total of 620 personnel are assigned to the fire with 16 crews, 7 helicopters, 33 engines and 2 dozers.

Highway 189/91 is now open for through traffic. Officials ask motorists do not slow or stop to view the fire. A public meeting and update is scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the Pinedale Administration Building “Old Elementary School.”

County officials have declared Granite Creek off-limits for the time being. Due to “very high” fire danger and the fact that the Cliff Creek Fire is knocking on the door, commissioners passed a resolution closing Granite Creek to the public.

Incident Commander Tony DeMaster said he expects the Cliff Creek Fire to pretty much burn until first snowfall. His crews are directing the flames away from Granite Creek and structures there. If the prevailing winds continue to push the blaze to the northeast, the flames will eventually run out of fuel.


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