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Fire Update
Wednesday, August 22, 2001

All closures have been lifted for Boulder Lake fire area. All roads, trails & campgrounds are open.
Boulder Fire 100% Contained

Boulder Lake Fire
All closures have been lifted for Boulder Lake and the surrounding areas around Burnt, Meadow and Blueberry Lakes. The fire is now 100% Contained. Fire personnel will continue to patrol this fire throughout the week, as well as watch for possible new fires. The Boulder Fire is suspected to be human caused. Forest users are reminded that fire restrictions are in effect and smokers need to be very careful with cigarettes. Campfires are allowed ONLY in agency developed recreation areas with constructed fire pits. This does not include dispersed areas that have a campfire ring.


  • Please remember fire danger is EXTREME. Fire restrictions are in place for all of Sublette County. No open fires are permitted except in designated areas. This restriction also applies to private land, burning trash, etc. Individuals who cause fires through negligence may be held responsible for the firefighting costs.
  • Please call in ANY smoke columns that you see, even if you think someone else may have reported it already. With the extremely dry conditions, fires can spread very rapidly. The earlier the report can be called in, the faster firefighters can get on the fire.
  • The Teton Fires web site up in Jackson has been discontinued due to decreased fire activity. The Interagency Fire Information Center in Jackson also closed on August 17th. The Bridger-Teton Forest is putting fire information up on their web site at:
  • Fire information is also available from the Wyoming Department of Tourism regarding how fires may affect your planned trip. Their web site is:

Latest Fire Press Releases

Boulder Lake Fire
Boulder Lake Fire

Where to get more information:

For More Info on the Web

Teton Fires
Bridger-Teton National Forest

National Interagency Fire Center NIFC Wildland Fire Map

Press Releases

Bridger-Teton Fire Info
Jay Anderson, BTNF Public Affairs, Jackson

Pinedale Ranger District
29 CR-154, Pinedale

Big Piney Ranger District
315 S. Front, Big Piney

Where to report fires:
Sublette County Sheriff's Office

911 or 307-367-4378
Pinedale Ranger District
Big Piney Ranger District
BTNF Supervisor's Office (Jackson)

Teton Fire Dispatch
(Grand Teton Park in Moose)


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.

The 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.
   There has been no spotting outside the fire perimeter, and the fire was kept out of the timber. The storm on Monday night brought welcome rain and relief to the firefighting efforts allowing crews to get a better handle on the fire. Quick initial response by Sublette County and Forest Service personnel, as well as air tanker and helicopter support, played a critical role in combating this fire in the rough, steep terrain and keeping it from spreading further. Recreationists in the area are credited for calling this fire in quickly which allowed firefighting personnel to get resources out to combat the blaze promptly. Sublette County Sheriff's Office and Search & Rescue personnel very efficiently evacuated recreationists from the areas threatened by the fire.
   This fire is suspected to have been human-caused, but the exact cause has not been officially determined. The fire started on the boundary between National Forest and private land on the north side of Boulder Lake. The trail and campground are on the opposite side of the lake.

  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.

Earlier Updates:
Tuesday, August 21, noon update
Monday, August 20 7pm update
Monday, August 20 10am update
Sunday, August 19 update
Wednesday, August 8 update
Wednesday, August 1 update
Sunday, July 29 update
Friday, July 27 update
Wednesday, July 25 update
Tuesday, July 24 update
Monday, July 16 update
Monday, July 9 update
Sunday, July 8 update

Saturday, July 7 update

Friday July 6, 2001 9 pm update
Friday, July 6, 2001 8 am update
Thursday, July 5, 2001

Please report any smoke columns you see.

Press Releases:
Click here for the latest:
July 25, 2001 (BTNF/GTNP) Evacuation Ordered for Two Fire Area Subdivisions. Green Knoll Fire Receives Top Priority for Suppression.

July 24, 2001 (BTNF) Green Knoll Fire Experiences Limited Growth
July 24, 2001 (BTNF/GTNP) Green Knoll Fire Area Estimates Reevaluated
July 22, 2001 (BTNF) Green Knoll Fire Update
July 22, 2001 (BTNF) Mosquito Creek Fire Update

July 14, 2001 (BTNF) Lightning Show Sparks More Fires on the BTNF
July 13, 2001 (BTNF) New Fires Ignite as Incident Management Teams Depart BTNF
July 9, 2001 (BTNF) Greys River Complex Fire Fact Sheet
July 8, 2001 (BTNF) Fire Crews Released as Teams get a grip on Complex Fires
July 8, 2001 (BTNF) Greys River Complex Fire Fact Sheet
July 7, 2001 (BTNF) Positive Outlook on BTNF Fisherman Complex Fires
July 7, 2001 (BTNF) Greys River Complex Fire Fact Sheet
July 7, 2001 8:00 am (BTNF) National Teams Arrive on BTNF Fires
July 6, 2001 8:00 am (BTNF) National Teams Called in to Manage BTNF Forest Fires
July 5, 2001 3:00 pm (BTNF) Thirteen Fires Burning on Bridger-Teton National Forest
July 5, 2001 8:00 am (BTNF) Eleven Fires Burning on Bridger-Teton National Forest



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.