Marten Fire near Afton back in local control


Firefighters mop up hotspots on a wildfire earlier this week. (COURTESY PHOTO / Bridger-Teton National Forest)

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Marten Creek Fire — which is 13 miles east of Afton — was transitioned back to local control.

As of Monday, Oct. 1, the Marten Creek Fire was at 6,486 acres and was 93 percent contained, with 53 personnel assigned to the incident.

According to a press release from Teton Interagency Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, the “Greys River Road is open to the public, but the fire area and one drainage to the north of the fire remain closed. Forest roads 10366 and 10403 within the fire perimeter are still closed.”

The press release also lists the cause of the Marten Creek Fire as “human, under investigation.”

The fire started on Sept. 16, and by Sept. 20, a type 2 Incident Management Team had assumed firefighting operations.

At the height of the fire’s activity, 354 personnel were assigned to the Marten Creek Fire.

Smoke from both the Marten Creek Fire and the large Roosevelt Fire in Sublette County continue to reduce air quality and visibility in the Star Valley area.

For information about air quality, visit airnow.gov. For updates on the Roosevelt Fire, visit tetonfires.com or inciweb.gov.

Fire restrictions for Lincoln County are still in effect. To read the full fire closure resolution, visit kemmerergazette.com or Lincoln County’s website at lcwy.org.