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Alpine Fire Department already battling calls from careless campers

The following is a release from the Alpine Fire Department and Chief Mike Vogt:

On June 1, a brush fire was started by an abandoned campfire on Indian Creek camping site adjacent to Palisades Reservoir. The fire spread fast in dry sledge grass and willows. Campers in the area were present but not in danger as crews were able to cut off the advancement in the willows.

The Alpine Fire Brush truck was first on scene and established an anchor and suppressed the south flank of the fire. Swan Valley arrived and attacked the north flank. Caribou Targhee Forest units arrived and mop up began with a float a pump operating in the reservoir. Fire was at 14:56 and units cleared at 19:34. Three CT Forest units, Four Swan Valley units and  Two Alpine fire units, Two Bonneville Deputies and Swan Valley EMS unit.

This weekend Alpine Fire had two calls for abandoned campfires. Please be responsible and make sure fires are out and cold before leaving. Fire season is expected to be severe in the Star Valley area and in  the adjacent Caribou/Targhee and Bridger Teton  Forests.