Saddle Butte Fire

Morning sunlight illuminates the scorched ridges of East Gros Ventre Butte on Tuesday. The Saddle Butte Fire burned shrubby vegetation and grasses on 250 acres of slopes like this one early this week, eliminating a source of food for species like mule deer in the winter to come. Longer-term, biologists believe the fire will help wildlife. 

The south and east faces of East Gros Ventre Butte are prime winter habitat for mule deer and elk, species whose homes will be somewhat compromised in the coming months by the Wildlife Museum and Saddle Butte wildfires.

But taking the longer view, the ungulates stand to benefit from the flames that creeped and ran over the 7,408-foot-high butte that cuts the town of Jackson’s northern skyline.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

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