Fire crews working to contain the 100 square mile Fontenelle Fire west of Big Piney continued to make excellent progress on the fire lines over the weekend, now having completed lines around 55% of the fire. Fire managers say cloud cover and high humidity aided the firefighters in their efforts, but still was not sufficient to change the condition of dry fuels on the ground. Road closures remain in the area and the public is urged to remain clear of the fire. Fire managers are planning to meet with members of the public and field their questions at 7:00 pm today at the LDS Church in Big Piney.
Meanwhile, about 50 firefighters remain on the scene of the Bear Cub Fire deep in the Teton Wilderness which has not expanded much over the weekend. That fire is now about 3% contained, but is also bounded by last year’s Nowlin Fire on the south and a steep cliff face on the east. Smoke from the fire is often clearly visible from Togwotee Pass in the vicinity of Brooks Lake.