By: randosteve|Posted on: September 29, 2009|Posted in: GTNP, The Tetons | 4 comments

gv-fireFor those that live outside of the Teton County and haven’t experienced it, it’s been pretty wild to see how the forest fires in and around Grand Teton National Park have reacted to the weather conditions over the past week.  Shifting winds have really kicked up the flames and have blown the smoke plums towards Jackson, filling the valley with smoke and forcing closures of both roads and trails. (Click here for updates.) At times, the view of the Grand Teton has nearly been obscured completely from the town of Moose, which is only about 8 miles away, due to smoke from the fires near Bearpaw Bay, which were started from lightning strikes.  Today, the Bearpaw Bay fire is estimated at about 2,800 acres. Visit for more info on all the fires in and around the Tetons.

Also, check out these photographs taken by Erik Kimball late
last week…when the Bearpaw Bay fire was really kicking.

It’s a pretty interesting philosophy in relation to the Forest Service when you think about it. They spend millions of dollars starting fires with fire-balls dumped from planes and millions of dollars putting out fires by dumping water from helicopters. Go figure?! Either way, here at TetonAT, we thank the fire crews that work hard in an effort to save and preserve the resources that bring many of us here to Jackson Hole in the first place. Good luck out there!