Berry 5

The blaze had burned 20,801 acres as of Sunday’s fire update, and gusty winds that passed through the fire area were not expected to cause much more spread due to wet conditions.

“Fire activity on the Berry Fire remains quiet, with cooler and more moist fall weather conditions upon us,” fire managers said in a press release Sunday morning.

No one was available at the fire information line for an afternoon update by press time.

The fire forecast was the opposite of last week’s, when on the afternoon of Sept. 11, clouds of smoke grew in the skies even as Moran firefighters were having their annual barbecue fundraiser at their firehouse.

The wind-whipped blaze jumped containment lines at Flagg Ranch, which lost vegetation but not buildings.

The renewed blaze also forced the two-day closure of Highway 89/191/287 connecting Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park’s south gate.

“Crews continue to work in the Flagg Ranch area and improve safety along the Grassy Lake Road,” said the release.

“Fire crews scout and monitor the fire perimeter and construct handline as needed,” it said. “Resources are being released based on current and predicted fire behavior.”

The lightning-sparked fire has been burning mature spruce, fir and lodgepole pine west of Jackson Lake and east to Huckleberry Mountain since July 25.

“Area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton Park, Yellowstone Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest,” the release said. “Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.”

For up-to-date fire information go on the web to or call 739-3566.

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