MOOSE, WYO. — Teton Interagency Helicopter 25 and its crew remained busy following a late night lighting storm and two rescues last week.
In all, the interagency ship responded to five new fire starts. Four of the fire starts were located inside the Bridger-Teton National Forest and one at the Grand Teton National Park.
The helicopter and crew initially responded to the Hatchet Fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest around 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Just before 3 p.m., Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a report of a 76-year-old male needing assistance in Granite Canyon.
Stewart Gould from Atlanta, Georgia, was hiking down Granite Canyon with a friend when he became debilitated, according to a news release. Gould met up with a crew that was doing work on the nearby Granite patrol cabin and relayed his need for assistance. One of the crew members ran down the canyon where he had cell phone service to call for help since Gould was unable to hike out on his own.
Grand Teton National Park rangers requested the helicopter. It was released from the Hatchet Fire to respond to Lupine Meadows at 4 p.m.
Two rangers flew to a landing zone near the Granite patrol cabin. Gould was flown just after 5 p.m. to Lupine Meadows rescue cache where he was met by family.
The helicopter left Lupine Meadows to respond to the Packer Creek Fire east of Bondurant, Wyo. on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
On Sunday, Aug. 3 the interagency ship was released from the Packer Creek Fire to respond to a rescue operation in Grand Teton National Park. Pratip Bhattacharya, 37, of Houston, Texas fell while descending the South Fork of Garnet Canyon Sunday afternoon sustaining an isolated injury that prevented him from hiking any further. He was short-hauled from his location to the Lupine Meadows rescue cache where he was transported by park ambulance and to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyo. where he was treated for his injuries.
The same helicopter then flew to the Moose Fire located at the upper, west, end of Webb Canyon in Grand Teton National Park to help determine management actions in this extremely remote area. The small fire is being managed for multiple objectives, including minimizing impact to the Moose Basin patrol cabin.