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Yellow Mountain Fire Visible from Cody

Written by on October 1, 2018

A new fire has sprung up in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the smoke is visible from the Cody region.
The Yellow Mountain Fire was first discovered on September 10th deep in the Teton Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This lightning-caused fire, located west of Yellow Mountain near the Thorofare River, became active Friday afternoon and began putting up a large amount of smoke visible from Cody, Meeteetse, and surrounding areas.
The new fire adds to the burden on forest officials and firefighters as they continue to battle major wildfires burning in the southern part of the state. And investigators have determined that at least two of the fires burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest were human-caused.
An unattended warming fire was the cause of the Buck Creek Fire, which was discovered on the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 26th; and an extensive investigation into the Roosevelt Fire has determined that it began from an abandoned warming fire on a steep slope in the upper reaches of the Hoback River drainage on Saturday, September 15th.
The Roosevelt Fire has led to the loss of private homes and structures and serious injuries to National Forest visitors.
As we continue to experience unseasonably dry and windy conditions over the landscape, the U.S. Forest Service asks for your help in exercising the highest level of caution in all outdoor activities. Warming fires and campfires, apart from those in Wilderness Areas and a few designated campgrounds, are prohibited under the Stage 1 fire restrictions that are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, when vegetation is very dry and susceptible to burning.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information as to the cause of the Roosevelt Fire, or the persons responsible, to contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.

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