Lightning ignites fire along Pacific Creek

JACKSON, Wyo. —A small wildfire broke out yesterday, July 8, along Pacific Creek within the Teton Wilderness of the Blackrock Ranger District.

According to Teton Interagency Fire, a local outfitter horseback riding in the area saw a small column of smoke and reported the fire.

The fire is presumed to be caused by a lightning strike and is currently still active and has burned less than one acre.

According to Teton Interagency Fire, Firefighters determined the fire had a low spread potential and because the fire is located within the Teton Wilderness, will implement a suppression strategy by way of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST).  MIST requires a minimum amount of forces and actions necessary to effectively achieve the fire management protection objectives consistent with land and resource management objectives as prescribed for the Teton Wilderness.

The goal of MIST is to halt or delay fire spread in order to maintain the fire within predetermined parameters while producing the least possible impact on the resource being protected.

The fire is still classified as active by Teton Interagency Fire.

Teton County is currently in stage 1 fire ban as of July 7.

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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.

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