New fire discovered in Gros Ventre wilderness

JACKSON, WY — A new wildfire is burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Jackson Ranger District.

An early August lightning storm ignited the Flat Creek Fire, which is burning south of Sheep Mountain and east of the Flat Creek Ranch in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. The fire was first reported by a member of the public, and then located by firefighters on August 12. As of yesterday, the small fire only .10 acre in size, and is smoldering and creeping in an isolated pocket of subalpine fir and spruce trees.

Smoke from the Flat Creek Fire (BTNF)

A local Type 4 incident commander, Teton Interagency Fire Module, and fire planning specialists are assigned to the Flat Creek Fire. Fire managers develop a strategy for every fire, which includes tactical decisions specific to each incident. The Flat Creek Fire’s objectives include the protection of life and property, enhancement of the Gros Ventre Wilderness’ natural values, and the safe and effective utilization of firefighting resources. Fire management specialists are developing a long term management plan that will provide a balance between these objectives.

The Flat Creek Fire is located in steep terrain with open grass and forb meadows, isolated pockets of subalpine fir and spruce, scree, and rocky cliffs. Fire management specialists are actively observing and monitoring the fire behavior and predicted weather. Wildland fire is a natural process and can serve to renew and invigorate forests and create an abundance of different habitat conditions for wildlife. Smoke from this fire may occasionally be visible from anywhere in Jackson Hole valley.

Anyone who discovers a wildfire or unattended fire in the area is encouraged to call Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch at 307-739-3630. For more information on the Flat Creek Fire, please call the Jackson Ranger District at 307-739-5424.

Map of the Flat Creek Fire (BTNF)

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