The fire continued to smolder the following morning, Feb. 2. Photo: Caroline Chapman // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole Fire/EMS had a long night fighting a structure fire on Bedstraw Lane in South Park.

Fire crews received the first page out last evening, Feb.1 at 6:19 p.m., according to responding Battalion Chief, Fire Marshall Kathy Clay.

People could reportedly see the blaze from Smith’s. Photo: Kodi Smith

Clay said the structure was a detached barn/shed, with a lot of fuels inside including hay.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.

“When we see fires like that our number one concern is life safety. We got verification that everyone was gone from the address and got reaffirmed from the homeowners,” Clay said.

Eleven chickens called the barn home. “Seven of them are eating and drinking fine,” Clay said.

While the structure is a total loss, another structure, about 15 feet away with four cords of wood inside was protected from damage.

About 30 people showed up to fight the fire including crews from the Town Station, Adams Canyon, Hoback, the Wilson Station in town and the Wilson Station on Moose-Wilson Road.

For water tenders, three engines and one ambulance were on the scene. With no hydrant system in the area, the fire crew brought their own water. Each water tender holds about 3,000 gallons of water, Clay explained.

Firefighters spent the better part of the evening fighting the fire, dealing with freezing temperatures and slick conditions.

“I’m really proud of how the firefighters were able to protect the other properties and manage the elements,” Clay said.

No one was hurt.

While the fire is under control it is not fully out yet. “The truth is that it will probably rekindle again. There is no danger that we can see. Our winds are low,” Clay said. “It’s like a campfire, there’s a lot of fuel in there.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.