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Fire sparks amid film fest dinner

MOOSE, Wyo. — Several hundred people are expected at Dornan’s tonight for a special dinner hosted by National Geographic. But a fire in the Chuckwagon kitchen briefly disrupted their plans.

“I could see it billowing as I was coming down from Jackson Lake Lodge,” said Bob Landis, a filmmaker here for the Jackson Wild Film Festival.

“It was billowing, people were running out,” another witness said.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Grand Teton National Park responded quickly and knocked the fire down. Firefighters are investigating how it started, said Battalion Chief Mike Moyer.

Jackson Wild Festival, hosted every other year at Jackson Lake Lodge, is like the Emmy’s of wildlife film, Landis said. The people at Dornan’s tonight are “very, very important.”

More than 850 people are in Grand Teton National Park for the festival, but it is unclear how many made it to Dornan’s for the dinner. A festival volunteer guessed somewhere around 500, Landis guessed 700.

Thanks to fast action from Fire/EMS, it’s basically back to business as usual at Dornan’s. Most personnel have left the scene. The several hundred dinner guests are sipping drinks on the lawn and dining on hors d’oeuvres.

Photos: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

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