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More Lightning Fires Turn Up In NW Wyoming

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Teton Interagency firefighters responded Monday afternoon to two new fires on the northern end of Bridger Teton National Forest.  Additional firefighting resources are working on several other fires elsewhere on the forest.  At 4:15 pm, a fire was reported on Huckleberry Ridge in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, south of Yellowstone National Park. This fire is visible from Gros Ventre Junction and resources are traveling to the fire to determine the types of fuels or materials that the fire is burning, and the size of the fire. Firefighters were also called to a fire near … Continue Reading

Lightning Fires Proliferate In Western Wyoming

Packer Creek

Firefighters are continuing their efforts to suppress the Packer Creek Fire about 28 miles north of Pinedale which flared up Friday afternoon as a latent result of a lightning strike earlier in the week.  Currently, more than 120 firefighting personnel are working on the ground, assisted by … Continue Reading

Lightning Strikes Spark Sleeper Fires

lightning forest

Lightning that strafed the region during Wednesday’s thunderstorms sparked a handful of small fires in Jackson Hole and forest areas in Eastern Idaho, but may have also left surprises for firefighters as well.  Bridger Teton National Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says lightning strikes can ignite hold-over fires that may not … Continue Reading

Large Bear-proof Lockers Donated

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Two over-sized bear-resistant lockers have been donated to Bridger Teton National Forest for use by outfitters to store livestock feed and other attractants during the upcoming hunting season.  The Greater Yellowstone Coalition has provided a pair of … Continue Reading

Keep Priorities Straight In Back Country Emergencies

Rescue

Over the past month, there have been several cases in northwestern Wyoming of hikers becoming lost and hence, the subject of searches by local search and rescue groups.  Most were not prepared to spend an extended period of time out.  Michael Jarnevic is an Army Special Forces medic who says TV reality shows … Continue Reading

Lightning Sparks Mini-Fires

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Thunderstorms that rumbled through the valley over the weekend brought with them lightning that sparked two small fires south of Salt Pass on the Grays River District and up the Mosquito Creek drainage on the Jackson District.  Fortunately, neither amounted to anything and they … Continue Reading

Wyoming Range Habitat Declining

mule deer

The prospect of land being leased for oil and gas drilling in the Wyoming Range is not the only thing that is threatening that wildlife-rich area.  Wyoming Game and Fish biologists say the forage in that area is on the decline.  Typically, the area is home to one of the most prominent mule deer herds in North America.  However, the habitat for the mule deer has been … Continue Reading

Cautions Posted For Cyclists

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Years ago, laws in some cities required bicyclists to dismantle their bikes if they encountered a horse in their travels.  Suffice it to say, it has long been known that bicycles and horses are not a good mix.  Earlier this month, Friends of Pathways issued a statement reminding mountain bikers … Continue Reading

New Fires Quickly Doused

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Teton Interagency Fire Personnel doused two fire starts Wednesday afternoon.  One shortly after 4:00 pm involved a single tree in the Colter Bay Campground.  The park report indicates that the fire was human-caused.  Park officials say the incident was not the result of an escaped fire but may have stemmed from an equipment malfunction.  The second fire was … Continue Reading

Wilderness Society Concerned About Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

The Wyoming Range is listed in a new report featuring areas deemed “Too Wild to Drill,” issued by The Wilderness Society. The Wyoming Range Legacy Act protects most of the area from oil and gas development, but there are close to 45-thousand acres on the Front Range that could still be leased, and the Forest Service is expected to make a decision this fall. Steff Kessler with The Wilderness Society in Wyoming says … Continue Reading

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