Final Berry Fire Update 9/21/16
Final Update as of 9/21 Due to Wet Fall Weather Berry Fire Reported: July 25, 2016 Cause: Lightning Current Size : 20,825 acres Fuel Types: Mature spruce-fir and lodgepole pine Location:... more
Highway 89/191/287 is open between Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP. All area closures are lifted. Grassy Lake Road is open.
Extreme fire behavior due to strong, gusty winds and very low relative humidity on Sept. 11 prompted the closure Hwy. 89 and Grassy Lake Road and the evacuation of the Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch and Sheffield Campground on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The fire crossed the road in two places, just north and approximately 1 1/2 miles south of Flagg Ranch. Fire crews implemented structure protection tactics with plans and equipment that were already in place.
Since the Berry Fire’s discovery on July 25, Grand Teton National Park (GRTE) has managed the fire for ecological benefits. The lightning fire started near Berry and Owl creeks on the west side of Jackson Lake. Fire management objectives include protecting public, park, and forest infrastructure; while monitoring the fire as it fulfills its natural role on the landscape.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 25th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||19 miles NW of Moran, WY|
|Incident Commander||Wayne Petsch|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday October 01st, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber, with short grass and brush. Fairly complete consumption of heavy downed fuels.
Highway 89 between Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP is open.
All area closures are lifted. Grassy Lake Road is open.
Crews will continue point protection activities to protect Flagg Ranch and the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park as well as strengthen holding lines.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire activity is minimal.
The fire made a nearly six-mile run, with two fingers pushing to the east, north, and northeast on Sept 11. The fire crossed Hwy. 89 both to the south and to the north of Flagg Ranch. Fire crews had sprinkler systems in place to protect structures at Flagg Ranch and were successful in these efforts, no structures were lost. Command was transferred from Izaak McHenry to Wayne Petsch Wednesday 9/21 at 1400.