2009 Wildfires / Incidents
TIDC 2009 Wildfires
|Bearpaw Bay Fire||The Bearpaw Bay Fire was reported Sept. 2, and is burning a 1/2-mile southeast of Bearpaw Bay on the southwest side of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The fire, which which grew to more than 2,844 acres, was managed for resource benefit. The fire was declared out Oct. 31.|
|Gunsight Fire||The Gunsight Fire started Sept. 27 about 24 miles NE of Jackson on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It is in the area of Gunsight Pass and Dry Cottonwood Creek. The fire has spread to the upper part of the Kettle Creek Drainage, spotting ahead into beetle-killed, white-bark pine trees. The fire, which is being managed for resource benefit, was mapped Oct. 2 at 3,257 acres. The area received significant snowfall on Oct. 5 and was declared out on Oct. 29. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.|
|Corral Fire||The Corral Fire started from lightning on September 21 and is located 7 miles southeast of Afton and 1 mile west of Corral Creek Lake. Firefighters suppressed the fire at 1/10 acre.|
|Moose Gulch Fire||The Moose Gulch Fire started from lightning on September 19 and is located southwest of Mosquito Creek. Firefighters suppressed the fire at 1/10 acre.|
|Trail Creek Fire||The Trail Creek Fire was ignited by lightning September 18 and was being managed for resource benefit. The approximately 1/10 acre fire, located east of Trail Creek in the Smiths Fork drainage was delcared out October 6, 2009.|
|Barstow Fire||The Barstow Fire, located on Greys River in the Three Forks drainage 3/4 mile from Barstow Lake was ignited by lightning September 18. The approximately 1/10 acre fire was managed for resource benefit and was declared out October 6, 2009.|
|Shoal Creek Fire||The Shoal Creek Fire was discovered in the Gros Ventre Wilderness on Sept. 19 near the Jack Fire. The fire was human caused from an abandoned warming fire and was suppressed at 1/10th an acre.|
|Jack Fire||The Jack Fire was discovered in the Gros Ventre Wilderness on Sept. 19 near the Jack Pine Summer Home area. The 1/10 acre fire was human caused from an abandoned warming fire and was suppressed at 1/10th an acre.|
|Kerr Fire||The Kerr Fire was discovered near Ramshorn Peak on Sept. 19. The 1/10 acre fire was human caused from an abandoned warming fire and was suppressed at 1/10th an acre.|
|Monument Fire||The Monument Fire was discovered in the Hoback area on Sept. 18. The 1/10 acre fire was human caused from an abandoned warming fire. Suppression actions were taken and the fire was declared out Sept. 19.|
|Long Hollow Fire||The Long Hollow Fire was discovered on Sept. 16 near Straight Creek. The human caused 1/10 acre blaze ignited from an abandoned warming fire. Suppression actions were taken and the fire was declared out later that same day.|
|Cedar Fire||The Cedar Fire, located 5 1/2 miles southeast of Smoot was ignited by lightning September 18 and was managed for resource benefit. The approximately 3/10 acre fire was declared out October 14, 2009.|
|Coburn Creek Fire||Lightning on Sept. 14 ignited the Coburn Creek Fire west of Fall Creek Road, south of Red Top Meadows. Fire crews suppressed the fire at 1/10th of an acre as it is in a full suppression area.|
|Little Brown Fire||The Little Brown Fire was started by lightning August 30 and discovered September 2. The fire is located in the Bridger Wilderness 12 miles northeast of the town of Pinedale, 1/2 mile northeast of Fayette Lake and 1/2 mile southwest of Junction Lake. The fire is 95 acres and has been experiencing minimal fire behavior. The fire is being managed for resource benefit. There are no road or trail closures in effect. The fire was declared out on Oct. 16.|
|Third Creek Fire||The Third Creek Fire was ignited by lightning Aug. 30, 1/2 mile north of Third Creek's outlet into Jackson Lake and about a 1/2 mile east of Hermitage Point Trail. Fire personnel managed the 5.3-acre fire for resource benefit. The fire was declared out on Oct. 13.|
|New Boot Fire||The New Boot Fire was ignited by lightning August 24, 2009. The fire is located 24 miles southeast of Afton. Fire personnel managed the approximately 69 acre fire for resource benefit. The fire was declared out October 6, 2009.|
The fire was ignited by a lighting storm in mid August, and is located between the North and Middle Forks of Ditch Creek, approximately 20 miles northeast of Jackson.
The fire size was approximately 35 acres, burning in timbered fuels. The fire has crossed the north fork of Ditch Creek Trail. No closures are in effect, and two smokejumpers are monitoring the fire and working to keep the trail open. Please use caution when traveling through the area. Fire effects are moderate to low severity in the forest.
|Porcupine||The Porcupine Fire, located on Porcupine Ridge, approximately 26-miles southeast of Afton was a lightning caused fire that was being managed for resource benefit. The approximately 28-acre fire was declared out October 1, 2009.|
Falling Ice Fire
|The Falling Ice Fire was ignited by lightning on July 13 and managed for resource benefits by Grand Teton National Park fire managers. The fire had grown to 3/10ths of an acre before late-July thunderstorms slowed fire growth. The fire was declared out on August 1.|
|Smurf House Fire||Lightning ignited a fire early July 13 near Moran Junction in Grand Teton National Park. Firefighters suppressed the fire at 0.1 acres.|
|A lightning-ignited fire 1 mile south of Beaver Creek housing area in Grand Teton National Park. Firefighters contained the fire at 0.1 acres on July 12, 2009 due to its proximity to structures. The fire was declared out on July 13.|
|Box Creek Fire||
The Box Creek Fire ignited from a lightning strike the evening of June 26, and was detected the following day. The 1/10 acre fire is located in the Teton Wilderness, three miles north of the Buffalo Valley Road. The fire is smoldering in mixed conifer with areas of dead and down fuels.
The fire is being managed by specialists for resource benefit to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosytem. On August 9th, firefighters hiked into the fire and declared it out.
|Snake Fire||Lightning from thunderstorms on June 20th ignited a fire along the Snake River one mile north of the Teton Point turnout on Hwy. 26/89/191. Firefighters managed the 1/4-acre fire for resource benefits before it was declared out on July 31.|
|Granite Bridge Fire||Human-caused, illegal abandoned cooking fire reported at 12:31 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1.3 miles from the Granite Canyon trailhead. The reporting party knocked down the active flames. Crew members from Moose-based wildland engine 3 responded. The fire is out.|
|George's Canyon Fire||Single tree lightning fire reported at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, June 7 on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The fire was on Munger Mountain, south of Jackson. Wildland engine 441 responded with two firefighters.|
|Sheep Fire||Human-caused, debris burning fire reported at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7 on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Curtis Canyon at Sheep Creek. Three firefighters from Teton Interagency Helitack responded and controlled the fire.|