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Buck Creek Fire deemed to be human caused

September 28, 2018

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials have determined that the Buck Creek Fire, discovered Wednesday, was human caused.

The Forest Service sent its initial attack resources to fully suppress the fire found south of Hoback Junction near Beaver Mountain and the Bryan Flats area.

Two helitack crew members, with help from helicopter water drops, kept the fire to less than an acre, forest officials said in a press release.

Firefighters remained on the fire Wednesday night, all day Thursday and will hike out this afternoon.

Although no structures were immediately threatened, forest officials are asking the public to comply with the fire restrictions in place on the forest and to make sure all fires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch.

Warming fires and campfires, apart from those in Wilderness Areas and a few designated campgrounds, are prohibited under the Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Forest conditions are ripe for starting a fire.

“The Forest has caught 10 of the last 12 wildfires before they took off,” said Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek in a press release. “Fires have the potential to grow rapidly in the hot, dry, windy conditions we are experiencing right now.”

Everyone is urged to report wildfires to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.

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