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New Fires Erupt In Yellowstone

Druid Fire

Yellowstone National Park reported two new fire starts in the park’s back country yesterday – believed to be the results of recent lightning strikes.  The Alum Fire is several miles west of Mud Volcano near Mary Lake while the Alder Fire is located on The Promontory at the south end of Yellowstone Lake.  Park officials say … Continue Reading

Berry Hunters May Find Bears Too

Huckleberries

Huckleberries are a special treat in this part of Wyoming, but people aren’t the only ones looking for the wild berries – bears love them, too. Wildlife biologist Erin Edge with Defenders of Wildlife says surprise encounters aren’t good for either party, so berry hunters need to be … Continue Reading

Local Firefighters Head To Fires Elsewhere

fire team

While wildfires in the Greater Yellowstone area have been fairly manageable this year for the most part, that has not been the case elsewhere in the Eastern Great Basin Geographic Area.  That is the fire coordination that encompasses this area as well as other forests and grasslands to the west.  In fact, considering the severity of the fires … Continue Reading

Lightning Fires Burn In Yellowstone

Snake Fire

Cooler, wetter weather has led to reduced fire activity on the Snake Fire located just east of the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Firefighters are still monitoring the fire behavior, and will bring in additional firefighting resources if needed. Crews completed plans for … Continue Reading

Speeding On Forest Roads Brings Concerns

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Cars racing down a backwoods dirt road, raising clouds of dust and leaping over berms are exciting to see in episodes of “Dukes of Hazard” or “Smokey and the Bandit,”  but have no place on area forest roads.  Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says speeding and reckless driving is becoming a problem on a number of forest roads now and poses some real concerns. Cernicek says not only … Continue Reading

Area Fires Moderate

Interagency Fire

There was no significant growth on the Snake Fire near Yellowstone’s South Entrance Thursday.  25 firefighters aided by one helicopter and one wildland fire engine continue to monitor that fire as it is allowed to burn naturally for its resource benefits.  South of Jackson near the Rim in Sublette County, the Packer Fire is now 65 percent contained at 401 acres.  Both of these fires were caused by lightning strikes last week.

Snake River Fire Growing Steadily

Snake Fire

The Snake Fire near Yellowstone’s South Entrance has grown in its first couple days.  Aerial reconnaissance and ground observations show a very spotty burn within a 200 acre perimeter. An Incident Command Post has been set up at Grant Village to support firefighting efforts. Firefighters were deployed to … Continue Reading

Snake Fire Size Revised

Snake Fire

The Snake Fire near Yellowstone’s South Entrance has grown in the last 24 hours.  Aerial reconnaissance and subsequent analysis conducted Tuesday night on the fire show a very spotty burn within a 190 acre perimeter. An Incident Command Post has been set up at Grant Village to support firefighting efforts. Firefighters were deployed to protect … Continue Reading

Snake Fire Smaller Than First Thought

Snake Fire

Firefighters from Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are joining efforts to suppress a fire that flared up Monday afternoon near the South Entrance of Yellowstone.  The Snake Fire is located three miles east of the entrance station and … Continue Reading

Fire Danger Rating Goes High

fire-high

Federal and local fire authorities have elevated the fire rating in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and throughout Teton County now to “high” as hot, dry weather continues.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver explains that fire managers in Teton Interagency Fire elevate the fire danger based on several indices; such as … Continue Reading

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  • Warmer on Friday, But Showers & Thunderstorms Are Expected For Parts of Wyoming - April 18, 2014
    Temperatures will be warm today, with highs mostly rising to the 60′s and 70′s statewide (slightly cooler across the western valleys and higher terrain).  Expect rain showers and thunderstorms to move into the western third of the state, while the rest of Wyoming see sunshine into this afternoon.  Scattered rain showers and pop-up thunderstorms will […]
  • A lunar eclipse, and me without my camera - April 18, 2014
    Monday night, or more accurately early Tuesday morning, there was a total lunar eclipse. And being the experienced nature photographer I am, you’d think I was ready with my camera. But you’d be wrong. The last total lunar eclipse visible in Wyoming was way back in 2009, if I’m not mistaken. So I’ve been looking […]
  • Enzi Opens Campaign HQ in Cheyenne - April 17, 2014
    U.S. Senator Mike Enzi opened his official campaign headquarters in Cheyenne on Wednesday. Wyoming’s senior senator is seeking his fourth term in the Senate. There were rumors last year that Enzi would retire at the end of his current term and he admits it is something he thought about. “Anytime anybody’s getting ready to go […]
  • Back to normal at the trap range - April 17, 2014
    By some strange luck, I shot really well last week in our trap league. But last night, I didn’t do so well. Not even close. The thing about shooting trap is that you’re bound to have good rounds once in a while. Those good nights give you hope that you’re improving. For some people, that […]

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