By TCSO Communications Center

Thank You Elks Lodge

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The Jackson Hole Elks Lodge 1713 treated the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson Police Department to excellent Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches today, along with a bunch of other treats and drinks. It was absolutely wonderful for them to do this as their reason was to thank local law enforcement for what we do. They fed patrol, communications personnel, jail staff and all other members of both agencies. It’s estimated, when the day was done, they fed over 60 people. THANKS JACKSON HOLE ELKS LODGE 1713….A BETTER GROUP OF PEOPLE CAN’T BE FOUND!

Teton County Fire Restrictions

News Release

Hot, dry weather compels Teton County to join federal agencies in fire restrictions

Jackson, Wyo. – Aug. 2, 2016 – Teton County is joining federal land agencies and neighboring counties in placing partial restrictions on campfires, refuse burning and other activities that could spark a wildfire.

By unanimous approval of a resolution on Tuesday, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners agreed to instate partial open-fire restrictions beginning just after midnight, in recognition of warm, dry weather and a number of recent “Red Flag” fire weather warnings.

“Fire danger is ‘very high’ right now, and the potential for fire starts has increased significantly,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Willy Watsabaugh. “We have worked very hard with the other agencies to ensure we all go into restrictions at the same time to avoid confusion among jurisdictions.”

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management announced on Monday that partial fire restrictions are beginning on federal lands on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. The Bighorn National Forest put restrictions in place on July 29, and Sublette and Lincoln counties are expected to implement restrictions this week.

Under Teton County’s fire restrictions, open burning must meet the following conditions:
– Burning must only be conducted with approved appliances and in areas with at least 10 feet of clearance from combustibles, including grass, trees, structures and vehicles.
– Fires must be covered with a minimum ¼-inch screen at all times.
– Campfires are allowed only within established fire rings at designated campgrounds. Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted, and home fire pits and bowls are permitted, as long as they are used with a maximum ¼-inch screen spark arresters.
– Fires must be under watch at all times, with a deployable water source nearby.
– Fires must be doused and put out completely when burning is finished.
– The ongoing fireworks ban remains in effect.

Fire Marshal Kathy Clay encourages residents and visitors to do without fires until moisture returns to the valley.

“It is just not worth the risk,” Clay said. “Vegetation is very receptive to fire, and this has been a windy season. Gusty winds can grow a fire rapidly.”

Teton County fire information can be found online at www.TetonWyo.org/fire. Information on the federal lands’ fire restrictions, including allowable camping stoves, is available at www.tetonfires.com.

For questions about Teton County’s open-burning restrictions, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS can be reached at (307) 733- 4732. To notify authorities of a planned burn, please call the county’s dispatch office at (307) 733-2331.

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Contact: Cindy Harger, Teton County Public Information Specialist
Phone: 307-732-5786 (office), (307) 264-9102 (mobile)
Email address: charger@tetonwyo.org

Drivers Urged to Use Caution in Fire Areas

Community Notice:
Please use caution driving through fire areas
 
 
July 26, 2016  – Jackson, Wyo. – With two major routes in and out of Jackson Hole near major wildfires, wildland firefighting teams are cautioning drivers to travel carefully, slow down, and avoid stopping to gawk or take photos.
 
Both U.S. Route 189/191 from Hoback Junction to Bondurant, which crosses the Cliff Creek Fire area, and U.S. Route 26/287 from Togwotee Pass to Dubois, which travels in the vicinity of the Lava Mountain Fire, are open at this time.
 
“Highway 191 is open, but it’s really, really smoky, and people are driving like it’s the Indy 500 out there,” Cliff Creek Fire Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Julie Thomas said. “We ask people to drive carefully and to be aware there may be smoke, engines, firefighters and wildlife on the road.”
 
For the safety of firefighters and highway travelers, passing is not allowed in passing zones within the fire area, stopping is not allowed along the roadway, and parking is not allowed in pullouts within the fire area.
 
(Photo by Mike Moyer)

 

Highway 191 b/t Hoback and Daniel will open today 7/22 at 12:00p.

Per Cliff Creek Incident Management Team, Highway 191 b/t Hoback and Daniel will open today 7/22 at 12:00p.

Per the Cliff Creek Fire Incident Management Team, Highway 191 between Hoback and Daniel will open today, Friday July 22nd, 2016 at 12:00pm.  Travelers should still stay tuned to InciWeb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4865/ and WYDOT http://wyoroad.info for further developments as this is still an active fire.

No parking will be allowed along the road or in pullouts in the fire area and no passing is allowed in the active fire area. Travelers should watch for fire traffic in the area and drive with caution.

Fire Danger is still at VERY HIGH

smokey the bearURGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

…CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL WYOMING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING…

A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS WYOMING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  A COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…GUSTY WINDS…A WIND SHIFT…LIGHTNING AND A HAINES INDEX OF SIX WILL LIKELY BRING CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS TO SOME PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL WYOMING.

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR THE EAST SLOPE OF THE WIND RIVER MOUNTAINS…

  • WIND…WEST TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS 25 TO 35 MPH.  GUSTY ERRATIC WINDS OF 35 TO 55 MPH POSSIBLE IN STRONGER SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS
  • HUMIDITY…13 TO 17 PERCENT
  • THUNDERSTORMS…ISOLATED SHOWERS THIS MORNING THEN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER 1 PM UNTIL AROUND 9 PM WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR DRY LIGHTNING.  BEST CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS EARLY TO MID AFTERNOON.
  • IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.  OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THERE ARE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS

WYDOT Authorized Travel (WAT) Program through the Cliff Creek Fire Closure

The WYDOT Authorized Travel (WAT) Program allows authorized drivers to travel on sections of otherwise closed roads when authorities determine it is safe to do so.  It only allows permission to be given on a case by case basis and DOES NOT give blanket permission to travel during every road closure.

Applicants must clearly understand that approval to receive notifications for WYDOT Authorized Travel events DOES NOT constitute permission to travel during every road closure.  A road is considered closed to all travelers unless drivers receive a notification that WYDOT has authorized travel.  Authorizations for travel will occur on an EVENT – BY – EVENT basis and they are valid only for the specific road section(s) listed in the notification.  Subsequent notifications may alter or reverse previous authorizations for that specific roadway during the same storm or event.

Contact:  WYDOT’s Public Affairs Office (307-777-4375) or go to the website:

Website for WYDOT WAT:  https://apps.wyoroad.info/wat/

Cliff Creek Fire Update 7/21

Teton County Cliff Creek Fire Update 7-21-16

News Release

Contact: Cindy Harger, Teton County Public Information Specialist
Phone: 307-732-5786 (office), (307) 264-9102 (mobile)
Email address: charger@tetonwyo.org

Cliff Creek Fire Update

Bondurant evacuations lifted; Granite Creek evacuees allowed home briefly

U.S. 189/191 remains closed.

Community Meeting today at 6 p.m. at Hoback Fire Station.

Jackson, Wyo. – July 21, 2016 – Cliff Creek Fire evacuations for homes in Bondurant in Sublette County were lifted this morning. Meanwhile, Granite Creek area fire evacuees in Teton County were able to make brief, escorted trips to their homes this morning to collect valuables and perishables.

Cliff Creek Fire managers and Teton County Sheriff’s Office officials met with Jack Pine Summer Homes residents and other evacuees to allow them to access to the Granite Creek Road at 8 a.m. today for no longer than two hours. About 40 people took advantage of the temporary access, according to Cpl. Brett Bommer of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Cliff Creek Fire Incident Command Team. The entry was to allow residents to gather perishables stored in refrigerators or freezers. Lower Valley Energy disconnected power to the Granite Creek area Wednesday as a safety precaution for firefighters and to prevent additional fires.

The Cliff Creek Fire had expanded to 10,118 acres and was 5 percent contained, Incident Command Team Public Information Officer Julie Thomas reported this morning (July 21). There are 464 fire personnel working to confine and contain the fire, and to prevent damage to structures. Potential remains for the fire to impact the Granite Creek drainage, Thomas said.

Despite hot, dry weather and gusty winds yesterday, a change in wind direction and fire suppression efforts helped prevent the fire from reaching the Granite Creek drainage on Wednesday. On Tuesday, fire crews had observed flames on the ridgetop between Shoal Creek and Granite Creek, said Kathy Clay, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Marshal and Firefighting Coordinator Battalion Chief. Clay said the threat of fire descending into Granite Creek pushed crews to work diligently over the past two days on fire protection efforts around the area’s approximately 30 structures, including the Jack Pine Summer Homes. Teton County Cliff Creek Fire Update 7-21-16

“Yesterday’s Red Flag Warning intensified the urgency to complete the structure protection so crews can relocate,” Clay said in reference to the National Weather Service’s Wednesday warning about weather that was conducive to fire growth. “Firefighter safety is paramount to the success of the fire operation.”

Clay said that crews successfully set up a perimeter sprinkler system around the summer homes complex and examined each cabin to eliminate fuels that could be moved away from buildings or stored inside. Materials that crews moved to lower the risk of fire starts included wood piles, lawn furniture, grills and cloth umbrellas.

Clay noted that some members of the structure protection crews recently completed a three-day course presented by wildfire specialist Jack Cohen in Teton County in May. The course, offered by the National Fire Protection Association, focused on reducing ignition hazards in the area of homes. Crew members are putting many of the course’s learning points to good use up Granite Creek, Clay said.

While structure protection crews were creating defensible space, wildland firefighters were also attacking the fire itself via crews on the ground, seven helicopters and two “super scooper” planes, which were dropping water from the air.

The Cliff Creek Fire began from a lightning strike and was detected at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, about 5 miles north of Bondurant in Sublette County. Campers at the U.S. Forest Service’s Cozy Creek Campground and residences south along U.S. Highway 189/191 and in the northern part of Bondurant were evacuated in the early hours of the fire.

On Monday afternoon, an estimated 70 people living, camping, studying, swimming and recreating up the popular Granite Creek area in Teton County were asked to evacuate. Teton County Emergency Management issued the evacuation order at 2:45 p.m. on Monday when the fire spread north across neighboring Shoal Creek toward Granite Creek. Areas evacuated included the Jack Pines summer homes, Granite Creek Campground, the Granite Hot Springs pool, and Safari Club International Foundation’s American Wilderness Leadership School.

Public meetings:

The Cliff Creek Fire Incident Command team, led by Great Basin Team 7, will hold a Community Meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Hoback Fire Station in Hoback Junction. Last night’s Community Meeting in Bondurant was standing room only and attended by an estimated 150 people or more, Thomas said. A third Community Meeting will take place in Pinedale on Friday, July 22, at the Pinedale Administration Building.

More information:

 – Those interested in receiving Teton County-specific updates on the Cliff Creek Fire can sign up by texting the word TETONCLIFFCR to 888777 to register. Users can also sign up for those or other community notices online at www.Nixle.com.

 – For Sublette County-specific updates, sign up here: http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionID=1075

 – For general Cliff Creek Fire management information, InciWeb provides the latest updates from the U.S. Forest Service: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4865/.

 – The American Red Cross of Wyoming is available to assist those ordered to evacuate with shelter or other needs in Teton County. Evacuees who would like to register with the Red Cross, may call (307) 222-8272.

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Cliff Creek Fire Update

News Release Granite Creek evacuation still in effect; Fire crews set up to protect structures in canyon

 

 

Jackson, Wyo. – July 20, 2016 – An evacuation order remains in effect for the Granite Creek area, where wildland fire crews are concentrating efforts on protecting an estimated 30 structures. As of this morning, the Cliff Creek Fire had not extended into the Granite Creek drainage.

Approximately 30 firefighters and 10 fire engines have been assigned to the Granite Creek drainage to patrol, assess and perform wildfire mitigation efforts around structures, which include the Safari Club International, Jack Pine summer homes and Granite Hot Springs pool facilities, according to Mike Moyer, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Battalion Chief and Teton County Agency Representative to the Cliff Creek Incident Management Team.

Crews are ensuring there is a safe perimeter of fuel break around homes, and they are setting up pumps, hoses and sprinklers, Moyer said.

The Cliff Creek Fire size increased Tuesday and overnight to 7,671 acres, according to Ronda Bishop, Public Information Officer for the Cliff Creek Fire Incident Command Team. The fire is zero percent contained, with 464 personnel involved in containment, suppression and structure protection efforts.

Shifting winds have caused the fire to move up over a ridge and toward U.S. Highway 191. Route 191 will therefore remain closed today (July 20, 2016), Bishop said. The road closure will be reassessed this evening.

The firefighting team, being led by Great Basin Team 7 and Incident Commander Tony DeMasters, will hold a community meeting in Bondurant at 6 p.m. this evening at the Bondurant School. Additional meetings will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Hoback Fire Station # 3 in Hoback Junction and at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Pinedale Administration Building “Old Elementary

School” in Pinedale. The community meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to get a fire management update and to ask questions.

More information:

Those interested in receiving Teton County-specific updates on the Cliff Creek Fire can sign up by texting the word TETONCLIFFCR to 888777 to register. Users can also sign up for those or other community notices online at www.Nixle.com.

For Sublette County-specific updates, sign up here: http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionID=1075

For general Cliff Creek Fire management information, InciWeb provides the latest updates from the U.S. Forest Service: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4865/.

The American Red Cross of Wyoming is available to assist those ordered to evacuate with shelter or other needs. Evacuees who would like to register with the Red Cross, may call (307) 222-8272.

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Contact: Cindy Harger, Teton County Public Information Specialist
Phone: 307-732-5786 (office), (307) 264-9102 (mobile)
Email address: charger@tetonwyo.org

PSAsmall

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office has had deputies occasionally working traffic control at the intersection of Highway 390 and Highway 22 the last two weeks as traffic has been backing up nearly two miles to Teton Pass from that intersection.  Deputies have also been working with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to fix the timing at that intersection as the traffic signal for Highway 22 was lasting only 12-15 seconds on average and the Highway 390 traffic signal lasting up to 49 seconds during heavy commute hours which has been causing significant traffic backups on Highway 22.  To those residents and workers being delayed by law enforcement coming off of Highway 390, we ask for your patience and understanding as we have had to mitigate the significant traffic backups on Highway 22.

In response to the events in Dallas, Texas

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is profoundly saddened by the events in Dallas where 5 officers were murdered and 7 more injured.  The surviving family members, the injured officers and the entire Dallas law enforcement community are in our thoughts and prayers.  We are wearing black mourning bands across our badges in memory of those fallen and we are flying our flag at half staff.  As the Dallas police chief stated this morning….”This must stop”….and we couldn’t agree more.Mourning Officer Statue