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Saturday, August 20, 2016


CARROT FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 20, 2016 – EMERGENCY CLOSURES IMPLEMENTED

Idaho Falls, ID – A more accurate GPS mapping obtained through an aerial survey places the Carrot Fire at 54- acres. The lightning-caused fire continues to burn within the remote Jedediah Smith Wilderness on the Teton Basin Ranger District. The low-intensity fire is described as smoldering and creeping, with occasionally single or group tree torching. An inciweb site has been created for those interested in monitoring the Carrot Fire at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/. Updates will be provided as necessary if, and when, fire activity changes.

Carrot Fire, August 19, 2016
 

As a safety precaution, the CTNF has implemented the following emergency closures: extending north from Indian Meadows Trailhead along Jackpine Creek to the district boundary between Ashton and Teton Ranger Districts, then extending east along the district boundary to FS trail 002, continuing southeast on FS trail 002 to the junction of FS trail 009. The closure continues to follow FS trail 009 to the junction of FS trail 011, running along FS trail 011 to the junction of FS trail 005. Closure follows FS trail 005 along Carrot Ridge, turning south through the Bitch Creek Narrows. From the Narrows, the closure extends south along the predominate ridge to Rammel Mountain and from Rammel Mountain the closure turns westerly back to Indian Meadows Trailhead.

 

FS trails 010 and 015 will be closed. FS trail 002 will be closed at the junction of 002 and 009. FS trails 005, 008, 009, 011, 025 will remain open at this time. A copy of the closure and closure map are attached.

 

Fire behavior is minimal but smoke may be visible as weather patterns change. Due to the topography of the landscape and hazards associated with placing firefighters in such steep and inaccessible terrain, the Carrot fire will be allowed to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Fire managers will continue to monitor this fire daily and adjust their tactics as appropriate.

 

The cold front that moved through the area over the last few days continues to push smoke from fire activity occurring near and in Yellowstone National Park into the valley. As a reminder, www.IdahoFireInfo.com has several links (on the lower right hand side of the page) to information on smoke conditions and air quality.  

 

While there are no fire restrictions on lands managed by the Idaho Falls District BLM or Caribou-Targhee National Forest, it is important that residents and visitors take precautions to prevent human-caused fires.  Keep campfires in fire rings and ensure they are completely out before leaving your campsite.  Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com.  One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.