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Forest officials manage fire near Wyoming border

People who live in Teton Valley are likely to see smoke from the lightning-caused “Boone” fire until the area sees some major rain or snow event. The fire was spotted about 25 miles north of Driggs on the Wyoming border.

The fire was estimated at 26 acres and is demonstrating minimal activity, with isolated group and single-tree torching as it creeps along the forest floor. It is located near the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.

“Fire serves many roles in the ecosystem,” said Jeff Hill, Fire Management Officer. “Due to the location of this fire and limited private values at risk, managers felt this fire would be good to reduce existing biomass, recycle nutrients into the soil, and regenerate vegetation, along with increase plant and animal diversity.”

Management activities will focus on preventing fire spread toward private lands and public land infrastructure. Currently the fire is five miles South and West of the BSA, Camp Loll.

The South Boone Trail, 003, is closed as a precaution.

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