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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

Rangers Fund

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

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

Road Work To Cause Delays Next Week

August 2, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming Comments Off
chip seal

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

Fire Antelope

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

roadkill

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

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

Grizzly Relocated From Lizard Creek Area

bear trap

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.

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