*Bondurant, Wyo., *July 18, 2016
Bridger-Teton National Forest and Interagency firefighters, have been
fighting the Cliff Creek Fire, 5-miles north of Bondurant, Wyoming. The
fire was reported at 2:30pm this afternoon and is currently 2200-acres.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive on the
Forest on Monday at 6:00pm . They will assume
control of the fire at that time and manage it for the Forest. The Forest
calls for the help of a Type 2 Incident Management team when a fire extends
beyond the capabilities for local control by the Forest and it is expected
to last for several days.
One pole barn was burned in this fire. No other structures have been lost.
Evacuations are in effect for the Bondurant residences west of the Elk Horn
Bar & Grill, commonly known as the Dell Creek area. No other residences are
evacuated. The Cliff Creek Drainage and the Forest's Kozy Campground have
been evacuated. Highway 191/89 between Daniel Junction, Wyoming and Hoback
Junction, Wyoming is closed due to the fire. The fire is burning on both
sides of the highway and there is thick smoke In the area impeding
The fire has been growing to the north and east, moving towards the Granite
creek drainage. Firefighters ordered aircraft to attack the fire.
Helicopters dropped buckets of water on the flams and a large aircraft
dropped fire retardant on the ridgelines to slow the spread of the blaze.
The Deer Ridge Fire is burning 5.6 miles north of the Cliff Creek fire and
is currently reported at 1.5 acres. That fire is not expected to merge with
the Cliff Creek Fire tonight.
Feature Photo: h/t Jim McCollum