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Early this morning, July 30, park rangers and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel responded to a small kitchen fire at the John Colter Ranch House Restaurant located in the Colter Bar area of Grand Teton National Park. Employees at the restaurant facility made a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. to report the fire, and the emergency call was routed to the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center.
Two structural fire engines, one water tender and an ambulance responded. One fire engine and the water tender traveled from the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 4, located 10 miles away at Moran Junction; the ambulance and other fire engine, stationed at Colter Bay and staffed by park personnel, were located just one mile away.
Arriving first on the scene to assess and 'size up' conditions for the responding firefighters, one park ranger discovered a small leak in a kitchen propane line. The propane delivery system was quickly turned off and the fire extinguished without further complication.
Minimal damage had occurred due to the quick alert and immediate response, and food service at the John Colter Ranch House Restaurant resumed by lunch time.
Park managers and staff work closely with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS to provide structural fire response and support within Grand Teton National Park and the northern portions of Teton County. Men and women on the park and county response teams annually train together to keep their skills and structural firefighting knowledge up to standard.