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Stewart Draw Fire Sparked by June 22 Lightning Storm

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Date: June 23, 2014
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

On Sunday afternoon, June 22, Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a report of a smoke column from the vicinity of Stewart's Draw north of Death Canyon trailhead in Grand Teton National Park. During a fast-moving thunderstorm, lightning struck a single Douglas-fir tree and ignited the Stewart Draw Fire, which is currently .25 acre in size and burning in a dead tree hanging in the forest canopy and in the accumulation of forest litter at the base of the snag. 

The Stewart Draw Fire lies within the Fire Use Zone identified in Grand Teton National Park's Fire Management Plan, and consequently can be managed for multiple objectives. The fire will be monitored while planning efforts continue regarding protection of park facilities that may be at risk and while assessing the fire's potential for resource benefits. 

Area residents and visitors are requested to report any fire or smoke by calling 911 or Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307.739.3630.  

For more fire information, please visit www.tetonfires.com

Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.