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Hardluck Fire

A surveillance flight by Bridger-Teton National Forest discovered a fire on the neighboring Shoshone National Forest Saturday which is burning on a ridge in the Washakie Wilderness north of Togwotee Pass.  Fire Management Officer Tim Klukas says the “Hardluck Fire” is burning in lodgepole pine and spruce fir with some beetle kill mixed in. That fire is currently being managed for its resource benefits.  Other lightning-starts were reported on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest that involved less than a half-acre.  Meanwhile, fire danger in this region is rated “moderate,” and regardless of how that compares with previous years, Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek points out that we are seeing the number of fire starts increasing around the region now.  She points out that when fire danger is rated as “moderate,” it means that fires typically start from things like accidental causes – but the number of new starts the forest is finding is pretty low.  Cernicek says, “What we will see as everyone has been experiencing, especially right here in the valley, things are drying out; we’ve definitely had several warm days and we’re going to see drier and drier grasses – and any fire starts we see in areas like that can burn and can spread quickly, especially afternoons.”  Cernicek says it is becoming increasingly important that people make sure their campfires are out cold before leaving their campsite, and that they report any suspicious smoke immediately.

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