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Hardluck Fire

The Hardluck fire north of Togwotee Mountain Pass is now estimated to involve 10,308 acres and continues to be managed for its resource benefits deep in the Washakie Wilderness.  The fire is burning primarily in litter and understory.  Fire monitors there say the outlook for warmer and drier weather along with increased winds is leading them to anticipate active fire growth.  The Moose Fire in Grand Teton National Park’s back country also continues to burn as a managed fire and is now estimated to involve 2½ acres.

Draw-Down of Area Reservoirs Drastic

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Reservoirs in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho are showing the effects of a significant draw-down for irrigation downstream, but the irrigation season is far from over.  Before the season is over, Water Operations Manager Mike Beus of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project says two of the system’s reservoirs … Continue Reading

Fire Danger Rating Goes High

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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

Senator Enzi Says Sequestration To Be Revisited

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Hopefully it will be back to the drawing board for sequestration next session.  US Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming says it is time to revisit the implementation of sequestration to accomplish what it was initially intended to do.  Enzi, who was visiting Jackson Hole Sunday and Monday, says while sequestration did cut federal spending, … Continue Reading

Fire Discovered Near Yellowstone’s South Entrance

YNP South Entrance

Yellowstone National Park is reporting a fire that started Monday afternoon about three miles east of the South Entrance.  The Snake Fire is now estimated to be about 40 acres in heavy timber, but little else is known about it.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says a helicopter crew from Grand Teton National Park was dispatched to check out what is there.  The fire is reported to be along the boundary between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.  Consequently, Firefighting efforts will be jointly managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

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

Chase In National Park Ended With Spike Strips

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A 57-year-old Victorville, California man led a Grand Teton National Park ranger on a fast-moving pursuit on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 north of Moose Junction late Sunday night, and was finally stopped with the aid of spike strips. According to Park Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs, a ranger attempted to stop the vehicle for crossing the centerline several times, but the driver did not yield and … 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

Climber Rescued In Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park rangers were called to rescue a 37 year-old Houston, Texas man who had fallen while descending the South Fork of Garnet Canyon Sunday afternoon.  Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles says Pratip Bhattacharya sustained an isolated injury in the fall that prevented him from … Continue Reading

Lightning Strikes Spark Sleeper Fires

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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

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  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]
  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]
  • Diapers weren’t a magic bullet for staying cool - July 25, 2014
    I promised you yesterday that I’d test a new product to see how well it works to keep you cool when the temperatures climb toward triple digits.   In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about seeing an ad on TV for a new type of training pants. The ad said, and I quote, […]
  • I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014
    I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]

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