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Damp Weather Slows Fires

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Fire crews working to contain the 100 square mile Fontenelle Fire west of Big Piney continued to make excellent progress on the fire lines over the weekend, now having completed lines around 55% of the fire.  Fire managers say cloud cover and high humidity … Continue Reading

Progress Noted On Fontenelle Fire

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Increased cloud cover and relative humidity as well as about two hours of wetting rain yesterday helped firefighters on the 57-thousand-324 acre Fontenelle fire west of Big Piney make significant headway on establishing firelines around its perimeter.  Fire Information Officer Jason Curry says additionally, … Continue Reading

Two Fires Still Burn On BTNF

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Two fires on the Bridger-Teton National Forest continued to grow yesterday — although one more signaficantly than the other.  Less burning activity on the Fontenelle Fire enabled the firefighters to establish line round 16% of the nearly 90-square-mile fire.  Fire Information Officer Jason Curry says there are now 842 people staffing the fire.  Curry says crews will be focusing today on … Continue Reading

Bear Cub Fire Over 2000 Acres Now

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Ten smoke jumpers and a Type 1 helicopter have responded to a fire that started on the northern end of Bridger-Teton National Forest Tuesday afternoon.  Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the Bear Cub fire is located on the south fork of the  Buffalo River in the Teton Wilderness Area; just south of the Nowlin Fire of 2011.  She says the fire was first discovered … Continue Reading

Fontenelle Fire Now 15% Contained

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Fire crews made excellent progress on building fire lines around the southwestern portion of the Fontenelle Fire Tuesday, with 15% containment now completed.  Currently, there are 811 people assigned to the fire with additional crews now ordered from Alaska to help local resources begin mopping up the burned areas.  Fire officials say even though … Continue Reading

Fire Danger Now “Very High”

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Fire officials in Grand Teton National Park and on Bridger Teton National Park have just elevated the fire rating to “very high” after reviewing the fire indices including moisture content, the projected weather and the availability resources to fight fires.  At this time, the area is in stage one fire restrictions limiting the use of open fires to designated recreation sites having permanent fire rings and limiting smoking to inside buildings or vehicles, or in areas that are cleared of vegetation at least three feet in all directions.

Fontenelle Fire Fighting Efforts Expand

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Lighter winds yesterday enabled fire crews on the Fontenelle Fire to make more progress on the fire lines.  Fire Information Officer Brandon Hampton says the crews have now established a line around about 8% of the fire.  He says there are currently 682 people assigned to the fire, supported by … Continue Reading

County Passes Fire Restrictions-Fireworks Shows Up in the Air

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A partial fire closure goes into effect in Teton County on Tuesday morning. Town and County officials adopted the restrictions at a meeting on Monday afternoon where Fire Chief Willy  Watsabaugh told them that the high fire danger and a lack of available firefighting resources prompted the move.

Watsabaugh explained that … Continue Reading

Heavy Tankers Join Fire Fight

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The Fontenelle Fire located 17 miles from Big Piney experienced active burning yesterday with a plume of smoke clearly visible throughout much of western Wyoming.  Fire Information Officer Jason Curry says firefighters estimate the blaze grew by about 2000 acres to the north and now encompasses 47,478 acres. Curry says the fire pushed toward … Continue Reading

Fire Officials Plan Community Meetings Monday

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The Fontenelle Fire, 17 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming, was estimated to have grown to 45,009 acres by Sunday morning and continued to burn in heavy dead timber as well as areas of grass and sage in lower elevations.  Fire Information Officer Brandon Hampton says the fire … Continue Reading

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