Who Started Wildfire Near Ashton?


Caribou-Targhee National Forest officials are seeking the public’s help in determining who caused a wildfire 17 miles east of Ashton. That fire began on August 10th and so far has consumed about 40 acres. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber on the north side of Conant Creek. Fire investigators believe the fire started sometime during late September’s archery season and continued to smolder in the remote area until another hunting party called it in. The Forest Service is asking that any information that may help with the investigation of the Buggy Springs Fire be provided to USFS Law Enforcement Officer Rayce Angell at 208-313-5829 or via email at rayce.angell@usda.gov.  Meanwhile, all seems quite within the fire perimeter of the Pilgrim Creek Fire in the Teton Wilderness. Recent weather has inhibited any new growth with any fire activity limited to smoldering duff, stumps or logs. Before managers can make the decision to declare the fire out, much moisture is still needed and the fire is not likely to be called out until the area receives at least 2 inches of snow. Latest estimates suggest the Pilgrim Creek Fire is just shy of 500 acres.

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