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Interagency crews extinguish small roadside fire

07_25_14_WestCrossingFire.jpgTeton Interagency fire crews responded to a small roadside fire several miles north of Jackson along Highway 89.

July 25, 2014 (NER 14-20)

Teton Interagency fire crews responded to a small roadside fire on Friday afternoon, July 25, several miles north of Jackson along Highway 89. Both Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office received a number of calls shortly after noon regarding a possible fire north of the Grand Teton National Park south boundary sign at the top of Fish Hatchery Hill.
 

Passersby on Highway 89 took initial action, pulling off on the side of the highway to attempt to extinguish the small fire before it grew. The West Crossing fire was located immediately adjacent to the Highway 89 road surface, and though the specific cause of the fire could not be determined, it was declared human caused. The fire blackened a 4 ft. x 20 ft. area and was officially declared out at 1:30 pm. 

Fire danger in the Teton Interagency Fire area remains moderate, meaning fires can start easily and spread at a moderate rate. If a fire starts in open, dry grasslands, it can burn and spread quickly on windy days under such conditions. Fuels specialists have noted grasses throughout the area are now cured and can easily carry fire at the lower elevations. Current fire conditions, fire incidents, and fire prevention information can be found at www.tetonfires.com. 

Area residents and visitors can report a wildfire or smoke by calling (307) 739.3630. 

 

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014
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