STAR VALLEY, WYO – A lightning-caused fire near Palisades Reservoir was handled quickly by local first this week.
Alpine Fire District personnel responded Tuesday, August 6 to a lightning strike approximately 8 miles up McCoy Creek Road on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Four units, 13 members in all, responded to the event.
According to Alpine Fire Chief Mike Vogt, the fire was 1/4 acre involving thick vegetation and one 60-foot tree. It was located about a half-mile off the main road. After the initial attack, it was determined to discontinue night operations and turn things over to Forest Service personnel who picked up operations at 7 am on August 7. The fire has since been declared out.
This is the third lightning strike incident responded to this season by the Alpine Fire District. Wet conditions have helped keep these fires from spreading very quickly. But continued warm and dry conditions for the next couple of months could dry out vegetation and create a scenario more conducive to wildland fire spread.
Fire officials urge forest users to exercise caution with open burning and campfires. Don’t leave fire unattended, don’t burn in afternoon winds, and extinguish fires completely before leaving them.