Where to get more information:
Piney Ranger District
to report fires:
Callers are reminded that if they are using a cell phone, they may not get a local office when they dial 911. The best place to call for area fires is either the local Sheriff's office or the Bridger-Teton Fire Office. Be prepared to give a location of the smoke, your name, where you are calling from, and how they can get ahold of you again for more information if needed.
Boulder Lake area closures have been lifted as of today. All roads, trails, campgrounds and lakes are now open. The Boulder Fire is 100% Contained.
All crews were demobilized from the Boulder Fire as of today. Two Sublette County fire engines remain on patrol in the area throughout the week. All closures have been lifted in the Boulder Lake area due to this fire. There currently are no other fires on the Pinedale Ranger District. The Wind River, Wyoming Range and Gros Ventre Mountains are all open, but fire danger remains Extreme.
Boulder Fire was located on Bridger-Teton National Forest and private
land between Boulder and Burnt Lakes, approximately 8 air miles east of
Pinedale and 7 air miles northeast of Boulder, Wyoming. The fire burned
on the north side of Boulder Lake on a south-facing slope, almost exclusively
in grass and sagebrush with only small pockets of aspen trees burned.
Boulder Lake Summer Homes, Skinner Brothers Wilderness Camp on Burnt Lake,
and Boulder Lake BLM Campground were threatened within a mile of the blaze,
but the fire did not reach them. Skinner Brother's Camp and the area around
Burnt, Meadow and Huckleberry Lakes were evacuated by Sublette County
Sheriff's Office and Search & Rescue personnel. The area north of
Boulder Lake and around Burnt, Meadow & Huckleberry Lakes were closed
for a short time. The Boulder Lake Summer Homes and BLM campground were
on readiness alert in case an evacuation order was issued, but this did
not become necessary as suppression efforts contained the fire.
Apparently there is still some confusion about what is and isn't allowed under the current fire restrictions and the Forest Service is still finding abandoned campfires in dispersed areas as well as in campgrounds. The open fire restriction applies to all of Sublette County, including private lands. Ranchers and landowners: burning trash in open barrels is not permitted, even on your own land. If you want to have a Bar-B-Q, you need to be using either a fully enclosed grill or be in a campground using a provided pit or metal fire grill. A developed recreation area means a campground managed by the Forest Service, BLM or some agency. An open area at the end of a two-track road by a lake or stream with a campfire ring is not a developed camping spot! If you aren't sure what is permitted, call the Forest Service or Sheriff's Office and ask. Anyone found responsible for causing a wildfire may be held responsible for the firefighting costs, so a carelessly tossed cigarette or morning warming fire could end up being very expensive.
DANGER IS EXTREME.
|Anyone with concerns about fires can contact the Sublette County Sheriff's office at 307-367-4376, or the Pinedale Ranger District, 307-367-4326. Hikers in the wilderness who may have cell phones and can get a signal out can call 911 and ask to be routed to the Sublette County Sheriff's office if they have concerns.|
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Pinedale Online fire update. Local fire status information provided by the Pinedale Ranger District and the Jackson office of the US Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest. Copyright 2001.