Teton Interagency Fire Center battles new fires

JACKSON, Wyo. - Teton Interagency firefighters are working to douse two small fires started by lightning Wednesday.

The South Fall fire, estimated at one quarter of an acre, started at around 5 p.m. about four miles west of Red Top Mountain subdivision near the Bridger Teton National Forest border with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.  

Though small in size, the fire is burning in a thick conifer tree stand that is very near developed areas.  Firefighters battled the fire overnight and called in a fire engine and helicopter for support on Thursday. 

Firefighters are utilizing a blivet to help fight the fire.  A blivet is a portable reservoir that can be brought in by helicopter, giving firefighters easier access to water.

Another lightning caused fire started around 6 p.m. about three quarters of a mile southeast of the Moulton Ranch Cabins on Mormon Row.  The fire burned about one and a half acres of grass before it was contained at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Center patrols are looking for new fire starts that may be smoldering and are undetected.

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