Yellowstone Cut Off

By on August 23, 2016

Wildfire in Grand Teton forces evacuations and highway closure.


JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A road closure and campground evacuation in Grand Teton National Park were issued Monday as the Berry Fire made a big run easterly into Harem Hill at the northwest end of Jackson Lake. A red flag day with high, gusting winds helped advance the fire significantly in the past 24 hours.

The 6,319-acre fire spread rapidly Monday and jumped Jackson Lake with spotting observed out ahead of the main fire into Sheffield Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Lizard Creek Campground and the Flagg Ranch area have been evacuated.

Highway 89/191/287 is also closed between Leeks Marina and Flagg Ranch. There is no access to Yellowstone via the southern gate at this time. The highway will likely not open today (Tuesday).

The Berry Fire is being managed for its resource benefits by a local Type 3 team (IC Ronald Steffens) that is also protecting any threatened structures with a personnel of 39. A spike camp has been set up to help protect Lower Berry Cabin. Motorists can expect heavy smoke in the area and the presence of fire personnel.

The Berry Fire is one of 16 blazes actively burning in Wyoming—four of those are in Yellowstone National Park.

Meanwhile, smoke from the Henry’s Creek Fire will drift into the valley today. The blaze is estimated at 17,000 acres and is 15 percent contained. It has burned two cabins so far with evacuation orders in place for communities in the Ririe Reservoir and Blacktail Park area. Others are urged to be ready to leave. The fire is believed to be human caused.


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