Felt, Idaho burn

A prescribed agricultural fire in the fields near Felt, Idaho threw some Grand Teton National Park visitors for a loop on Tuesday.

Smoke drifting east from the blaze, which put up an impressive smoke column, made its way through some Teton Range canyons, like Cascade. As a result, some people speculated that a wildfire was burning in the mountains.

In reality, the haze that accumulated on an otherwise clear day in Jackson Hole was all the result of the agricultural burn, according to Teton Park spokesman C.J. Adams.

There are currently three wildfires classified as “active” in the zone managed by Teton Interagency Fire: the Dry Wash Creek Fire in the northern Wyoming Range, Wolf Mountain Fire in the Snake River Range and Holmes Cave near Togwotee Pass. All three fires are small and human-caused.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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