Bridger-Teton National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Jackson, WY 83001
Bondurant, Wyo., July 18, 2016 – Today, the Cliff Creek fire was discovered on the Bridger-Teton National Forest at 2:30pm. The fire was reported approximately 5-miles north of the town of Bondurant Wyoming.
Interagency firefighters are working to suppress the fire. In one hour the Cliff Creek fire grew from 5 acres to 15 acres. Firefighters have closed Highway 89/191 north of Bondurant, Wyoming due to heavy smoke and active fire jumping over the highway.
The fire is burning in think, continuous fire and is torching groups of trees. Group torching is when a stand of trees become engulfed in fire and all burn up at the same time, causing large flames in the treetops.
The Bridger-Teton has ordered a Type 1 firefighting crew and a Type 1 helicopter. Handcrews are a diverse team of career and temporary agency employees with solid reputations as multi-skilled professional firefighters. The crews consist of 18 - 20 men and women and serve as the infantry of wildland fire forces. Working side by side, the crews main responsibilities are to construct a “fireline” – a strip of land cleared of flammable materials and dug down to mineral soil – around wildfires to control them, burn out fire areas, and mop up after the fire. Type 1 handcrews crews draw specialized assignments that reflect their higher levels of experience and training, and they're dispatched nationwide to fires. Type 1 helicopters carry 15 or more passengers and carry 700 gallons of water and some carry even more.
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