Fire activity slowed but officials hold their breath for holiday weekend

JACKSON, Wyo. — Area wildfires are being held at bay as another stretch of dry, warm weather sets in through the holiday weekend.

Fire activity on the Lone Star Fire in Yellowstone increased somewhat on Wednesday with temperatures in the seventies and gusty winds. Most growth in the last 48 hours occurred on the northern and eastern flanks with acreage expanding to 1,020 acres.

On the Smoky Hollow Fire in Mosquito Creek, crews still have a lot of saw work ahead of them—snagging and securing the line. As of Wednesday morning, estimated containment is at 30%. The fire is still on the ridgeline just west of the Bridger-Teton Forest boundary.

The Shoal Creek Fire is considered 90% contained as of Wednesday morning. Firefighters continue to walk the fire with GPS to determine more accurate mapping.

The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot crew is assigned to the fire and aiding other resources in securing and mopping up the blaze.

Fire restrictions on the Bridger-Teton allow fires only in designated and installed fire rings or grills at designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or picnic areas. All open burning in Teton County has been banned by a proclamation from the Teton County Board of Commissioners.

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