Another day, another lightning fire

ALPINE, WY — On Tuesday night, Buckrail received reports and photos of a possible fire up McCoy Creek in Alpine.

Sure enough, lightning had sparked what’s now called the Bitters Peak Fire, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Public Affairs Officer Sarah Wheeler confirmed today. Luckily, the fire burned just one tree and about 1/4 of an acre before it was contained at around 7 p.m. yesterday.

This is one of many lightning-caused fires in the area this summer. Buckrail reported another 1/10-acre fire in the Winds just this morning. The fire that nearly reached the National Museum of Wildlife Art this past Sunday was caused by lightning and burned a much more consequential 80 acres. With more storms in the forecast, it’s important to remember that mother nature calls the shots. Thanks always to Buckrail readers for keeping us in the loop.

This story has been updated with more recent information from Alpine Fire District.

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