InciWeb– Due to warmer temperatures, gusty west winds, and spotting into dry forest fuels, the Berry Fire in Grand Teton National Park continues to grow. It is now estimated at 1,785 acres with most of the recent growth on the southeast flank of the fire in the vicinity of Elk Ridge. The fire is now established across the Owl-Berry Cutoff Trail in a mix of dead and downed fuels and live conifers.
The fire is now being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team and further planning for the fire’s expected growth has begun. Trail closures are in effect and front country public information posts have been established.
The Berry Fire is being managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, and safely and effectively utilize firefighting resources. The fire will be monitored and management actions will be implemented in advance of any potential impact on values at risk.
Smoke from the fire may be visible along roadways in the northern portion of the park, especially from the east side road along Jackson Lake and US Highways 89/191/287. During evening and morning hours, smoke may be present along the Jackson Lake Road. Drivers should use caution when smoke is present on park roadways. Please use headlights and slow your speed.
Fire managers anticipate that lower than average fuel moisture combined with hotter and drier weather will continue to drive increased fire activity over the next few days.