JACKSON, Wyo. — A structure fire that could be seen from “hundreds of yards away” claimed a building and much of its saw-milling equipment on Snake River Ranch yesterday, Jan. 4, according to Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

The call came in from passersby on Highway 390, Teton Village Road, said Fire Chief Brady Hansen — a size-able distance away from the fire’s source. Drivers on the road reported flames up to 30 feet tall.

“It’s always a bad sign when people driving by hundreds of yards away can see a building on fire,” Hansen said.

The fire started in a small sawmill and shop that was being used to process reclaimed wood, Hansen said. The building, a vinyl cut set over a wood floor, was a total loss. Same for the processed wood and much of the equipment inside. Several buildings and sheds around the building were also damaged, Hansen said.

Six stations from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton Village Fire worked late last night to put it out.

Fire Marshal Kathy Clay said investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.