Red Rock Fire grows to 5700 acres. Temperature inversion keeps the smoke under a lid in Jackson Hole-

This fire, which was just resized from 5,729 acres, compared with 2,835 acres a day earlier, is burning in dead pine, aspen, fir and meadows near Goosewing R.S. and the controversial Wyoming Game and Fish Alkali elk winter feedground. This is in the lower slopes of the Gros Ventre well upstream from Jackson Hole, but the smoke has drifted downcanyon into the big, scenic valley.

Fire grows to 5,729 acres. By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole Daily.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

3 Responses to Fire in Gros Ventre Mountains fills Jackson Hole with dense smoke

  1. jdubya says:

    This is great timing for the arrival of all of the big movers and shakers of the financial world that are descending on Jackson Hole….as the economic world is in flames, as is the real world, fed by the ravages of climate change, etc, etc. Editorial writers should have an allegorical field day.

  2. nabeki says:

    Don’t know where else to post this:

    “9th Circuit won’t halt wolf hunting in Idaho, Montana”….

  3. Jeff says:

    The fire has really calmed down the last few days. The valley has been clear.


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