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Storms create new fires in Grand Teton National Park

Lightning started at least three new fires in the northern portion of Grand Teton National Park Sunday.

All were being actively suppressed on Monday.

The Burned Ridge Fire burned about 1.5 acres. It was visible from several vantage points around the park. Firefighters from the Berry Fire responded, including 2 helicopters, a rappel crew and the Teton Interagency 20-person hand crew. It was burning actively and spotting into timber stands.

The Lozier Hill Fire started south of Emma Matlilda Lake in heavy downed logs. A 20-person crew completed a line around the 1-acre fire Sunday night and resumed suppression efforts Monday morning.

“Both the Burned Ridge and Lozier fires are burning in areas in which we would like fire to play its natural role, but given the current high fire danger and limited available resources, we made the decision to suppress both fires,” said Grand Teton National Park Deputy Fire Management Officer Mack McFarland.

A Colter Bay fire engine quickly suppressed another tenth-acre fire near Pilgrim Creek. The Pilgrim Meadows fire was suppressed because of its close proximity to US Highway 89/191/287 and Colter Bay.

Park officials said it was possible some additional fires may become visible over the next few days.

News Team

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