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|Breaking News, Monday, July 25, 2016, Noon: Davis County Sheriff’s Office (Utah) reports that inmate Flint Harrison committed suicide by hanging in his jail cell early Monday morning. Harrison was being held on several first-degree felonies for aggravated kidnapping, weapons, and drug offenses as well as charges of murder, theft, and kidnapping from Wyoming. See related story below for more details.|
|Cliff Creek Fire update, Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:45AM: More accurate Infared flight mapping has put the fire at 14, 629 acres (was reported at 16,325 earlier), 10% contained. US 191/189 open through Hoback Canyon, however no passing or stopping allowed in fire area. Fire closure in effect for Granite Creek drainage including mandatory evacuations for the hot springs, campground, Jack Pine summer homes and Safari Club. Kozy Campground also closed. Fire Danger rated Very High on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Click on this link to get updates, maps & photos for the Cliff Creek Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4865/ . See related stories below for more info.|
|Lava Mountain Fire update, Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:45AM: Fire burning northwest of Dubois, Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest. Fire at 5,488 acres, 0% contained. Highway 26 remains open at this time with a no-stopping zone established in the vicinity of the fire. The Continental Divide Trail is closed from Sheridan Pass to Pilot Knob. The Lava Mountain Fire is a No Drone Zone. See related stories below for more details. Click on this link for information about the Lava Mountain Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4864/|
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Davis County Sheriff’s Office media release (Utah)
On 07/25/2016 at 0017, Davis County Corrections Deputies responded to a report of a hanging inside our facility. Our deputies and nursing staff immediately began efforts to revive the inmate and worked with our paramedics as well as Farmington Fire Fighters for over twenty minutes. The resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The individual who hanged himself was identified as 52-year-old Flint Wayne Harrison of Pinedale, Wyoming. Inmate Harrison was being held on several first-degree felonies for aggravated kidnapping, weapons, and drug offenses as well as charges of murder, theft, and kidnapping from Wyoming. The in-custody death investigation is currently being conducted by the Weber County Crime Scene Investigators and the State Medical Examiner. As per protocol; we cannot comment any further on the details of this investigation which is currently being handled by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
First-degree murder charges filed against Flint and Dereck Harrison June 29, 2016
After the Successful Manhunt By Terry Allen, May 22, 2016
Missing Vehicle Found May 19, 2016
Missing UTA worker's body found in Lincoln County; search for missing truck continues May 18, 2016
Search for missing UTA truck and driver starts in conjunction with missing kidnap suspect's weapons May 16, 2016
Kidnapping suspect apprehended without incident May 14, 2016
Father turns self in, son is still at large in Sublette County May 14, 2016
Sublette County assists with BOLO for Utah kidnapping suspects May 11, 2016
More information released on climbing fatality in Grand Teton National Park (posted 7/24/16)
Firefighters begin burnouts on Cliff Creek Fire (posted 7/24/16)
Cliff Creek Fire update – Sunday, July 24, 2016 (posted 7/24/16)
Fire at 4,269 acres, 0% contained
Lava Mountain Fire Information
Morning Fact Sheet - July 24th
Incident: Lava Mountain Fire Wildfire
Fire Information: 307-455-4038
Fire email: email@example.com
Total Acres: 4,269
Total Personnel: 463
Resources: 12 crews, 7 helicopters, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer, and 27 engines
Agency Jurisdiction: US Forest Service, Fremont County Fire Protection District & Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, and Wyoming State Forestry Division
Incident Command: Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT)
Closures: Highway 26 remains open at this time with a no-stopping zone established in the vicinity of the fire. Forest Roads 513, 532, 542, 540, 542.1I, and 629 are closed. The Continental Divide Trail is closed from Sheridan Pass to Pilot Knob. And, Motorized Trails 10, 11, and 15 are also closed.
Event: Public Meeting will be held at Union Pass tonight, July 24th, 7:00 pm, at the Crooked Creek Guest Ranch.
Today’s Message: Due to current fire growth and spread direction of the Lava Mountain Fire, additional notices of evacuation and pre-evacuations have been issued for affected communities.
Fremont County has an established Evacuation Plan as follows:
• "GO" stage means that danger to your area is current or imminent and you should leave immediately. Do not delay to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
• "SET" stage means that there is significant danger to your area and you must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. You should have your important items packed and know what you plan to do with pets.
Special Concern: Residents in the following areas are in evacuation stage "GO": Long Creek Subdivision, Sheridan Creek Cow Camp, MacKenzie Highland Ranch, Timberline Ranch, and Teton Valley Ranch Camp.
Additionally, the following areas are in pre-evacuation stage "SET": Hat Butte Area, Sawmill Turnoff, Warm Springs Subdivision, Union Pass Area, Falls Creek Campground, Roaring River Subdivision, Buckboard Subdivision, Laval Mountain Lodge, Double Bar J Ranch, Lava Creek Ranch, and Triangle C Ranch.
Whether you are directly affected by this incident or not, every resident in the surrounding area should have an evacuation plan in place. And, remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, leave the area. Do not wait for someone to tell you; leave when you feel you need to.
Reception July 28th
Regional artists and beyond are looking forward to exhibiting a variety of paintings, drawings, etchings, metal art, pottery, and sculpture at the Third Annual Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show at the Community Hall on the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney, Wyoming. The show opens on Sunday, July 24, and will be on display through Saturday, July 30. Artists will be painting in the area on Thursday, July 28. The public is cordially invited to a reception at the Community Hall that evening beginning at 5:30 P. M.
Pinedale Elementary School art teacher, Cristy Anspach, will select Best of Show which includes a cash prize of $100. Director's Choice award is $50. Four Purchase Awards will be given by Jo Crandall, Jay and Brianne Brower, Melanie and Cory Bennett, and First Bank. There is also a ribbon for People's Choice.
The show is open to participants 18 years of age and up. Artwork will be accepted at the Fair Office beginning on Monday, July 18. A committee will begin hanging the show on Saturday, July 23. It is one of the few art shows that requires no entry fees or financial contributions from the artists. Any sales go directly to the artists.
The event is co-sponsored by the Sublette County Fair Board and the Mixed Media art group. It is in memory of Boulder, Wyoming artist, Lynn Thomas, who died of cancer in 2009. She was a long-time member of Women Artists of the West and a stalwart supporter of the Fair, 4-H, the Sublette County community in general, and the arts all across the state. She generously donated many paintings to multiple causes. She was president of the Wyoming Artists' Association, and the organization's Grand Wyoming Artist in 1997, a member of the Sublette County Artists' Guild, and a signature member of the Mixed Media art group.
It is the goal of the Fair Board to promote the art show as a prestigious "destination" event each year.
For more information, please contact Charmian McLellan at 307-537-5488.
Man killed in 2,400 foot fall in Grand Teton Park (posted 7/23/16)
Cliff Creek Fire Update - July 22, 2016 (posted 7/22/16)
Burning northwest of Dubois, portion of CDT trail closed
The Lava Mountain Fire is burning 20 miles northwest of Dubois on the Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest, on the east side of the Wind River Mountain Range, in thick timber. The fire was caused by lighting and smoke was first reported on Sunday, July 10th, a week before the Cliff Creek Fire started. Firefighters walked the area and made several flights. However, for the first few days, crews were unable to locate the fire due to its lack of size and visible smoke. On July 16th the fire grew to around 250 acres due to increased temperatures and wind. At that time, additional resources were ordered and a Type 2 Incident Management Team was deployed to Dubois.
As of Thursday, July 21st, the Lava Creek Fire was at 1,200 acres. Residences from Big Diamond Ranch to Double Bar J Ranch are currently evacuated. All residences from the Lava Mountain Lodge to Falls Creek Campground should be set to leave in the event of additional evacuations. Highway 26 is currently open and is being used as one of the detour routes by people who want to get from Jackson and Yellowstone Park over to the Pinedale area due to the closure of US 191/189 through Hoback Canyon due to the much larger Cliff Creek fire. The Union Pass Road is still currently open.
NOTICE TO CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL HIKERS: A portion of the Continental Divide Trail from Pilot Knob to Sheridan Pass is now closed due to the Lava Mountain Fire.
For more information about the Lava Mountain Fire, see Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4864/
Rita Donham, Wyoming Aero Photo, sent in some aerial views of the Cliff Creek Fire. Click on this link for more pictures.
www.wyomingaerophoto.com Wyoming Aero Photo
Fire Danger raised to Very High (posted 7/21/16)
Photos by Dave Bell
Dave Bell has posted photos from Sunday from the Cliff Creek Fire. The fire started around 2:30PM on Sunday, July 17 due to a lightning strike in the Cliff Creek drainage in Hoback Canyon. Click on this link to get to his Photo Gallery: Cliff Creek Fire--July 17 Album
Editor’s note to Media: Permission granted to use any of Dave Bell’s Cliff Creek Fire photos in his Photo Gallery for your news stories about this wildfire. Please give photo credit to "Dave Bell, Wyoming Mountain Photography" For high resolution versions of any of the images, please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org, 307-360-7604.