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Teton Interagency Firefighters Suppress Fire at Colter Bay Area in Grand Teton NP

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Date: August 17, 2011
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393

August 17, 2011

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Teton Interagency firefighters suppressed a small fire yesterday afternoon, August 16, near the Colter Bay Tent Village in Grand Teton National Park. The cause of the fire is unknown, although a thunderstorm recently passed through the Colter Bay area.

Teton Interagency fire officials received a report about the fire at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesday from staff at the Colter Bay cabin office. Engine 4 and its crew responded and began suppression actions because of its location within a developed area. The fire was contained at less than a 10th of an acre and declared out by 6:20 p.m.

This marks the third fire start this season in Grand Teton National Park. The first fire began on June 29, with a spark from a powerline near Pilgrim Creek. The second fire started from a lightning strike near Cow Lake, just east of Signal Mountain.

The current fire danger is listed as "moderate." As of August 16, there have been 52 abandoned or unattended campfires discovered on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park.

With the arrival of the annual fire season, area residents and visitors are requested to report a fire or smoke by calling 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.