Berry Fire

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Berry Fire

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Approximate Location

44.021 latitude, -110.786 longitude

Incident Overview

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 25th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Location19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Incident CommanderWayne Petsch

Current Situation

Total Personnel27
Size20,825 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber, with short grass and brush. Fairly complete consumption of heavy downed fuels.

Significant Events

Highway 89 between Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP is open.

All area closures are lifted. Grassy Lake Road is open.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temperatures.

Unit Information

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Grand Teton National Park
National Park Service
Grand Teton National Park Po Drawer 170 Moose Wyoming 83012

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