News September 9, 2019

Fishhawk Fire Dampened By Rains

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Rainy weather Sunday afternoon gave firefighters a much-needed break on the Fishhawk fire just east of Yellowstone National Park. The fire, still of unknown cause, has remained at slightly more than 11-thousand acres. Chipping operations at the Boy Scout Camp and Kitty Creek community were wrapped up by mid-day Sunday. That’s where firefighters reduce fuels by cleaning up slash piles around structures. Additionally, hose lay kits consisting of hose, nozzles and sprinklers have been left at the Wapiti Ranger District fire cache for future use. Traditionally during the month of September, this area receives approximately one inch of precipitation. Storms through the coming week could bring 2.5 inches of rain. With the anticipated cooling of the fire, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team will transition command back to the Wapiti Ranger District today. Flames from the Fishhawk Fire were clearly visible from Jackson Hole last Monday night when it blew up from 500 acres under strong winds.