New fire on the Bridger-Teton burning near Holmes Cave

JACKSON, Wyo. — A new fire is burning on the Bridger-Teton up on Togwotee Pass deep in the backcountry.

A local outfitter called a wildfire into the Blackrock Ranger station while he was in the Bear Cub Pass area of the Teton Wilderness. The Holmes Cave Fire is burning spots in heavy timber near the underground cave system from which it takes its name.

The fire size is estimated at 1.7 acres. Local Helicopter 35X is supporting firefighters as managers develop the best plan for dealing with the blaze. It is not known how the fire started.

Other fires

Fire managers on the Bridger-Teton National Forest have been able to limit several wildfire starts thanks to quick responses and a little bit of luck.

Since June, some 25 fires have sparked up in the region including the 102-acre Swinging Bridge Fire (Sept. 6), a pair of 17-acre fires on August 30 in the Smoky Hollow Fire and the Shoal Creek Fire, and 8.5-acre Cow Creek Fire in the Hoback that started August 6.

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