Sandy Fire grows to 65 acres near Bondurant

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JACKSON (WNE)

Sandy Fire grows to 65 acres near Bondurant

 

JACKSON (WNE) — The Sandy Fire blazing 6 miles west of Bondurant grew to 65 acres Thursday morning, burning on steep and difficult terrain and leaving standing, half-burned fuel in the area that is susceptible to further burning.

The fire was spotted over Snag Creek.

Firefighters continued suppression efforts through the day, but there has been no containment, according to a Thursday afternoon update from the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Smoke could be seen Thursday afternoon from the Elkhorn Bar & Trading Post on Highway 89 in Bondurant.

Fire danger has increased to moderate on federal lands in Jackson Hole, meaning fires can start accidentally, including from unattended campfires and brush fires that can escape on windy days in dry, open areas.

Fireworks are not allowed in Sublette or Teton counties, and campfires should always be attended to and cold to the touch before they are abandoned.

A small, lightning-caused fire in Grand Teton National Park was suppressed, officials said, and another small fire burning east of Pinedale has also been contained.

The Sandy Fire was reported Tuesday. Visitors near Sandy Marshall Creek, especially near Forest Service Trailhead 139, have been advised to use caution.

As of Thursday, there were no road or trail closures associated with the fire, but a closure is expected to be announced this morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

This story was published on July 1, 2022.

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