JACKSON, Wyo. – UPDATE: The Saddle Butte subdivision will remain evacuated overnight.
At roughly 1:30 p.m. on Sunday September 1, 2019, Teton County dispatch received a report of wildland fire in the sage brush on the hill just north of Broadway across from the Virginian. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS promptly responded to the reported fire. Strong winds out of the southeast caused the fire to spread rapidly.
Warm temperatures, high winds and low humidity places Teton County in a Red Flag Warning as fire crews continue to manage the Saddle Butte Wildland Fire today. Due to the high fire warnings, Saddle Butte Subdivision remains in an evacuated state and will continue to stay evacuated throughout the day
Under a unified command led by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Battalion ChiefMike Moyer and Bridger Teton National Forest Dave Wilkins,two hotshot crews were called into Jackson and are working to hold the fire line today, along with crews from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest.Three Helicopters will begin bucket drops at 9:00a.m. and will continue throughout the day. As helicopters cross from Saddle Butte to the National Elk Refuge, Highway 89 will be temporary closed. In total, roughly 80 men and women are involved in working the fire.
At this time, no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
Current Evacuations orders and situation updates can be found here: http://www.tetonwyo.org/1847/Current-Incident—Teton-County?fbclid=IwAR3g9NerFS3S2tFi7Vm1tHhCd67v1PooVNPQvxIz5W6ddXZr8U_BwRXIAFY
Teton County is currently in a partial fire restriction after its second wildland fire within a month. The partial fire restriction means that open fires are prohibited in the unincorporated area of Teton County until further notice.
The Snow King Mid Mountain webcam from SeeJH provides a live view of Saddle Butte in the top left portion of the screen. You can see the current fire conditions are very subdued compared to yesterday.
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