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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

Road Work To Cause Delays Next Week

August 2, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Beginning Monday, road improvement work will be underway at various locations across the southern portion of Grand Teton National Park and continue for about two weeks.  Spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the work will likely result in minor travel delays.  The improvements begin with a chip seal project on … Continue Reading

Wildfire Doused On Mormon Row

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Interagency firefighters aided by a unit from Teton County Fire/EMS doused a brush fire Wednesday night on Mormon Row, after lightning sparked the blaze shortly before 6:00 pm.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver says the fire was about … Continue Reading

Vehicle vs.Wildlife Deaths Increase

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Wildlife deaths from vehicle collisions are on the rise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That’s according to records obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. KUWR in Laramie spoke with the group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, who told them … Continue Reading

Keep Priorities Straight In Back Country Emergencies

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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

Grizzly Relocated From Lizard Creek Area

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The grizzly bear that had been loitering around the Lizard Creek Campground through last weekend has been  captured and relocated northwest of Grand Teton National Park in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The 212-pound, 3-to-4 year-old grizzly bear had been … Continue Reading

Boating Curtailed Soon At Jackson Lake

CB Boat Ramp

The draw down at Jackson Lake is quickly taking its toll on boating at the lake with some of the marinas and ramps becoming unusable now.  Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles points out that while there is now specific closing date for Colter Bay Marina, advisories are being sent out to … Continue Reading

Bears Invade Campgrounds

Bear Warning

A grizzly bear caused problems for a time at one of Grand Teton National Park’s campgrounds through the weekend.  According to park officials, the bear was frequenting Lizard Creek Campground on the north end of the park and was repeatedly hazed from the facility.  Park officials say it did not receive food rewards and didn’t interact directly with campers.  Camping at Lizard Creek was restricted to hard-sided camping only until the bear finally left the area of its own accord Monday.  At the same time, a black bear has forced the closure of two back country sites at Leigh Lake for the week.  It is hoped that bear will simply move on as well.

Sec. Jewell Defends Interior Department Budget

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters yesterday that the activities of the Department of Interior contributed $371-billion to the US economy in 2012 and supported 2.3-million jobs in such activities as outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development and grazing and timber harvest.  However, she quickly points out that … 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

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  • Heavy Showers and Thunderstorms - July 29, 2014
    A Pacific weather disturbance, Monsoonal moisture and stationary frontal system will create rather widespread and heavy shower and thunderstorm activity.  Rain will especially be heavy in portions of central, south-central and southeastern Wyoming.  Areas of flooding will be a concern.  Continued mild temperatures on Wednesday with decreased shower and thunderstorm activity.  Weather conditions this weekend […]
  • Release ‘em right - July 29, 2014
    Each year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department sends out a reminder of the right way to release fish when you turn them back into the water. Al Langston of the Game and Fish recently sent out that reminder, so I thought I’d pass it along to you. When the water gets warm this time […]
  • 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 […]

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