Firefighters quickly control two lightening starts

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Bridger-Teton National Forest both responded to wildfires on the north side of Munger Mountain Thursday afternoon not too distant from each other. Both fires were started by lightning that moved through the area the night before, and each were held to a tenth of an acre.

Battalion Chief Mike Moyer say the one the county responded to, called the “Munger Mountain Fire,” was on private property and involved a single tree along with some surrounding vegetation. Moyer says a fire line was quickly established and the fire ultimately doused. The county’s efforts were supported by bucket drops from the forest’s contract helicopter.

Teton Interagency Fires responded to the second fire, called the “Red Top Fire,” with a Heli attack crew. Forest Spokesman Evan Guzik says they were able to control it by the end of the afternoon.

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