Eighteen smokejumpers worked this weekend to douse a fire that flared up across the highway from last fall’s devastating Roosevelt Fire, while another blaze has ignited deep in the Teton Wilderness.
Teton Interagency Fire lists the Slide Fire near Bondurant at 3 acres, located in the North Fork Fisherman Creek area between Sour Moose and Slide Creek, north of Rim Draw in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
“Crews completed a hand line around the fire which held overnight, but there is still a fair amount of smoke,” Teton Interagency Fire posted Sunday to its website. “Firefighters will continue to mop up today with support from the K-Max Type 1 helicopter.”
In addition to smokejumpers, a 20-person “hotshot” crew of firefighters worked alongside federal and county crews to contain the Slide Fire.
The firefight had the desired effect with a down-to-the-dirt handline that crews had cut and shoveled.
“All is going well,” Teton Interagency Fire reported Sunday. “Forecast remains dry and sunny today with high temperature around 80. Wind will be light from the west again today, with eye level winds generally 5 to 7 mph.”
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Bridger-Teton crews flew in to investigate the Box Creek Fire, ignited by lightning and measuring about 2 acres.
“We are actively managing it,” said Todd Stiles, Blackrock district ranger. The plan is to allow it to burn north further into the Teton Wilderness but to prevent any spread to the south.
“There can be more than one strategy and objective,” he said Sunday.
Another small wildfire also flared up on the forest’s southwestern tip in the Wyoming Range. The 1-acre Middle Fork Fire was reported by a member of the public in the Middle Fork area of Commissary Ridge late Thursday and was attacked by a helicopter. By Sunday, it was deemed “controlled” on Teton Interagency Fire’s incident page.
Wildfire danger in Jackson Hole is currently rated moderate.
Indexes that gauge the availability and dryness of fuels that feed wildfire are currently charting below average for mid-July, though the metrics are climbing fast.
Yellowstone National Park reported its first wildfire of the year last week. A historic fire lookout tower on Mount Holmes also burned to the ground after a lightning strike.