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Fire Fighting Winding Down

Fontenelle Black Line

Portions of the Fontenelle Fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Big Piney have been put into patrol status now and fire personnel are beginning to mop-up some of the control lines.  However, containment efforts continue on the west flank of the fire as the fire continues its moderated behavior thanks to the … Continue Reading

Fire Ban Imposed By WGF

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With the severe drought conditions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands. This includes all Wildlife Habitat Management Areas and Public Access Areas in the Jackson, Pinedale, and Star Valley areas.  The restrictions include … Continue Reading

Fontenelle Fire 68% Contained

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Firefighters say they now have the Fontenelle Fire near Big Piney 68% contained as more humid conditions and afternoon showers continue to moderate the fire behavior.  Gas and oil production and helium plant construction resumed yesterday after being idled for more than a week.  Fire officials say the fire continues … Continue Reading

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

Reservoir Drafts Begin

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Water supplies in the reservoir system along the upper Snake River are being drawn down now, almost imperceptibly at local reservoirs.  Storage at Jackson Lake, which had been at 100% capacity as recent as last week is now at … 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

Wyoming Travel Info On i-phones

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The Wyoming Office of Tourism recently launched a mobile version of its website, wyomingtourism.org.  Travel Commission Director Diane Shober explains that this makes information from the website accessible now from any web-enabled phone or smartphone as visitors to the state are … 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.

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