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Buck Fire was human-caused

The Bridger-Teton National Forest has determined the Buck Creek Fire, which started Wednesday, was human-caused. The fire is located south of Hoback Junction near Beaver Mountain and the Bryan Flats area.

While fire-fighting efforts continue, the forest is asking the public to comply with fire restrictions. “The Forest has caught 10 of the last 12 wildfires before they took off,” said Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek. “Fires have the potential to grow rapidly in the hot, dry, windy conditions we are experiencing right now.”

Two helitack crew members, with assistance from Type 3 helicopter water drops, held the fire to its original one-tenth of an acre and no structures were threatened. After spending two days on the fire, those firefighters will hike out of the area Friday afternoon.

Warming fires and campfires, aside from those in Wilderness Areas and a few designated campgrounds, are prohibited under the Stage 1 fire restrictions.

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