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