Bondurant, Wyo., July 18, 2016 – The Bridger-Teton National Forest and Interagency firefighters, have been fighting the Cliff Creek Fire, 5-miles north of Bondurant, Wyoming. The fire was reported at 2:30pm this afternoon and is currently 2200-acres.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive on the Forest on Monday at 6:00pm. They will assume control of the fire at that time and manage it for the Forest. The Forest calls for the help of a Type 2 Incident Management team when a fire extends beyond the capabilities for local control by the Forest and it is expected to last for several days.
One pole barn was burned in this fire. No other structures have been lost.
Evacuations are in effect for the Bondurant residences west of the Elk Horn Bar & Grill, commonly known as the Dell Creek area. No other residences are evacuated. The Cliff Creek Drainage and the Forest’s Kozy Campground have been evacuated. Highway 191/89 between Daniel Junction, Wyoming and Hoback Junction, Wyoming is closed due to the fire. The fire is burning on both sides of the highway and there is thick smoke In the area impeding visibility.
The fire has been growing to the north and east, moving towards the Granite creek drainage. Firefighters ordered aircraft to attack the fire. Helicopters dropped buckets of water on the flams and a large aircraft dropped fire retardant on the ridgelines to slow the spread of the blaze. The Deer Ridge Fire is burning 5.6 miles north of the Cliff Creek fire and is currently reported at 1.5 acres. That fire is not expected to merge with the Cliff Creek Fire tonight.