Fire Prompts Closure of Pilgrim Creek Road

A Teton Interagency contract helicopter makes water bucket drops
on the Pilgrim Fire during Wednesday evening, August 4

August 5, 2010
Teton Interagency firefighters responded to smoke reports late yesterday afternoon, August 4, in Grand Teton National Park. The Pilgrim Fire—which began about 5 p.m. on Wednesday—is currently 13 acres in size and burning in grass, sagebrush and light timber about a half mile east of the junction of the Pilgrim Creek Road and Highway 89/287, and about one mile from Colter Bay. The fire is presumed to be lightning-caused, but is still under investigation. Anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Pilgrim Creek with information about this fire is requested to phone the Teton Interagency fire-reporting line at 307.739.3630.

Wednesday evening, three wildland fire engines, a water tender, and two helicopters worked to suppress the south and west flanks of the fire, and to lay hose for water distribution around the perimeter of the fire.

Today, the Cedar City Hot Shot crew from Utah—on loan from the Bull Fire—will work with engine crews and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel out of Moran to continue suppression efforts. Pilgrim Creek Road is temporarily closed due to suppression activities, but no other closures are in effect.

The current fire danger rating is high. Park visitors are reminded to do their part to prevent human-caused fires by carefully extinguishing campfires and properly disposing of smoking materials. For additional fire information, please visit

Please visit the Teton Fires Wildland Fire webpage at for full updates and a map.