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Fire Near Science School Contained

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A wildfire which began about 4:00 pm near the entrance road to the Jackson Campus of Teton Science School just west of Jackson roared up the hillside and prompted the evacuation of the students and faculty of the school.  While the school complex itself was never considered to be threatened, fire officials were concerned that access in and out might be compromised.  The campus will resume normal operations Thursday.  Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded to the fire with seven fire vehicles and over 30 firefighters; and they were joined by several firefighters from the National Forest along with two helicopters which made countless bucket drops on the blaze.  Firefighters declared the blaze contained shortly after 6:00 pm but remained on the scene into the night to extinguish active spots and assure it did not flare up again. It is estimated that approximately 60 acres were involved, but a determination of the cause of the fire has not yet been made.  Fire officials are investigating reports of a blown powerr transformer near an electrical pole.

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