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Friday, August 31 update - Iron Creek Fire
Fremont Trail and surrounding area remain open in Big Sandy area. To date, no closures have been put into effect.
The Iron Creek Fire, approx. 65 acres, is burning in the wilderness south of Dad's Lake in Fish Creek Park in the southern end of the Wind River Mountain Range. This fire is being managed as Wildland Fire Use for Resource Benefit with some specialized fire personnel brought in yesterday to help manage the fire. The fire is being allowed to burn in a northerly direction, but actively suppressed in the southern and western directions. Visitors can still us the Fremont Trail, but should be aware that there are firefighters in the area as well as helicopter activity taking water out of Divide Lake Iron Creek fire locationnear Fish Creek Park. The main part of the fire is burning in the trees west of the trail, and some spots are burning in the trees on the east side. At present, the fire isn't actually burning in the meadow along the trail in Fish Creek Park. Currently there are about 65 people and 3 helicopters working on this fire.

Big Sandy Lodge is helping greatly with the firefighting efforts by feeding firefighters, and packing equipment in and out. They are still open to the public and to guests for all their regular services and activities.

There are currently no other fires burning on the Pinedale Ranger District. No fires are burning in the Green River Lakes area. All campgrounds and trails are currently open in the Wind River, Wyoming and Gros Ventre mountain ranges.

Fire danger is still extreme. Fire restrictions remain in effect. Campfires are allowed in designated areas only. Scroll down for more details about fires in the area. More Pictures of Iron Creek Fire
Bridger-Teton National Forest photos from 8/30/01

Campfires are NOT allowed in dispersed camping areas such as the one shown in the picture below.

Dispersed campsite with a fire 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 smoke columns that you see.
  • 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

Iron Creek Fire in Fish Creek Park in southern Wind River Mountains
The Iron Creek Fire is burning in trees on both sides of the Fremont Trail south of Dad's Lake in the Bridger Wilderness in the Big Sandy area. The fire was started by lightning last Sunday and is presently about 65 acres in size. It is being carefully managed and allowed to burn for resource benefits. Visitors can still us the Fremont Trail that goes through the meadow near this fire. Click for larger picture. Photo by the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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.

Friday, August 31, 2001
Three relatively small fires are currently burning on the lower end of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. On the Pinedale Ranger District, the 65 acre Iron Creek Fire is burning in the Bridger Wilderness in the Big Sandy area in Fish Creek Park. This fire affects visitors using the Fremont Trail, which remains open as this fire burns. The Greys River District is working on two fires, one in Roosevelt Meadows (40 acres) and one near Virginia Peak (2 acres, contained). There are no other fires burning in the Wind River, Gros Ventre or Wyoming mountain ranges at this time.

(Fire pictures below by the Bridger-Teton National Forest)

Iron Creek Fire - 65 acres, Big Sandy area
Believed to be a lightning holdover, this fire started south of Fish Creek Park in the Big Sandy area on Sunday afternoon, August 26th. Contrary to the name, it is not in Iron Creek, but rather in Fish Creek Park south of Dad's Iron Creek Fire. Photo by Bridger-Teton National Forest.Lake. It is approximately 3 miles north of Big Sandy Lodge, 5 miles from the Summer homes, and 4 miles from Cirque of the Towers.
   The fire is spotty rather than a clean burn, in a very rocky area. The larger part of the burn is in trees to the west of the meadow and trail, and several spots are in the trees on the east side. Visitors are still being allowed to travel the Fremont Trail through the fire area, but closures may be considered if the fire status changes from what is expected.

Bridger-Teton National Forest photo.The Iron Creek Fire is being managed differently from other wildfires we've had in the area that were treated with major suppression efforts. As a 'Wildland Fire Use for Resource Benefit', this fire is being allowed to burn to the north and actively suppressed to the south and west so it doesn't get out of the wilderness area. Some additional personnel have been brought in to help manage the fire, including a Fire Use Manager and some of his support staff. These people will help take the load off the local District people so they can be available for initial attacks on new fires, should they appear.

This fire started naturally by lightning in the wilderness. Due to the lateness of the season, the decision was made to monitor the fire and allow it to burn naturally to achieve some specific management objectives for that area. While the Forest Service doesn't want the fire to move south or west in a direction that might take it out of the wilderness, they are ok with it continuing to burn north where it can have some habitat benefits. Fire is a Bridger-Teton National Forest photonatural process and part of the cycle of the area, and allowing it to burn can help eliminate fuels for future fires, clear up underbrush that might be hindering wildlife movement, create new plant growth for wildlife next year, and put nutrients back into the soil in the area.
   There are probably about as many firefighters working this fire under this management direction as would be under a complete suppression effort. In this case, the firefighters are 'herding' the fire in a northerly direction and using natural barriers in the terrain to act as fire breaks. They are also actively working the fire to create a 'black line' burned out area along the south and western areas to catch any embers that might blow and ignite new fires south of the desired burn area. The area is extremely rocky and almost impossible to put fire line into. Firefighters are using natural barriers as fireline, as well as helicopter water bucket drops to create "wet line". This fire isn't being allowed to "let burn" any direction it wants. It is being actively suppressed to the south and west and permitted to burn to the north under the watchful eye of some 40 firefighters with 3 helicopters for support. There are two, 20-man crews of firefighters here now. One is a local Bridger-Teton NF/Park Service crew composed of Wyoming locals, and the other is a Bureau of Indian Affairs crew from Nevada. One Type II and two Type III helicopters also are on the fire.

The fire hasn't actually burned into the meadow, but rather is in spotty in the trees on either side of it. Visitors can still take the trail through Fish Creek Park, but will see smoke and helicopters taking buckets of water out of Divide Lake and making drops on the fire as they pass through. The fire is about 3 miles up the trail from the trailhead. This is a great opportunity for the public to see fire playing its natural role in the area by being allowed to burn for resource benefits. The Forest Service hopes to keep the trail and area open as long as possible, as long as the fire stays within their management objectives. People entering the area should be aware that even though the trail is open while the fire burns, there is always the possibility of something happening that may quickly change the fire status, and they should take steps to ensure their own safety. Enter the area at your own risk, and keep a close eye on the fire's behavior in relation to your position. The Forest Service can't 100% guarantee your safety, but under the current conditions, the fire is behaving as they hoped and predicted.

If you'd prefer not to see smoke or the firefighting efforts, you can take either the Boulder Lake or Big Sandy trail out of the Big Sandy trailhead. Neither trail has fire activity and smoke is minimal.
   The Forest Service has set up 3 small fire camps in the wilderness area near the fire in an effort to minimize impacts on the ground from the camp. A helibase has been set up in Irish Canyon. The camps are being managed to have minimal impact on the ground as possible. Supplies are being packed in by Big Sandy Lodge and all garbage is being packed out. There is great concern for protecting the black bears that live in the area and not get them habituated to human food or rewards due to the presence of the fire camp which might result in creating a problem bear that needs to be destroyed.
   Big Sandy Lodge has been fantastic in helping the Forest Service by feeding firefighters, packing in supplies, and packing out refuse. In addition to all this, they are also fully operational and open to the public. They still are doing all their usual activities with their guests such as pack trips into the wilderness and day horseback rides.

Earlier Updates:
Wednesday, August 29 update
Wednesday, August 22 update
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

3-D Fire location map
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3-D aerial photo of Iron Creek Fire area in Fish Creek Park. (8/31/01)

3-D topo map
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3-D topo map showing Iron Creek fire location area. (8/31/01)

3-D boader area topo map
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3-D topo showing broader view of Big Sandy area, wilderness boundary, and Iron Creek fire location. (8/31/01)

Maps by Pinedale Online!

Other Fires
Roosevelt Fire - 40 acres, Roosevelt Meadows, Greys River District
Started Sunday, August 26th. Located one mile west of Roosevelt Meadows and four miles, northeast of Deadman Mountain in Greys River District. Containment of the fire was declared at 8:00 pm the evening of August 30th.

Boulder Fire - 100% Contained, near Boulder Lake
Fire crews are making regular patrols of the Boulder Fire to make sure it isn't flaring up.

The Green Knoll Fire near Wilson is 100% Contained and Controlled, but is still putting up some smoke as it burns vegetation within the fire perimeter. Crews are closely monitoring this fire which probably won't be completely out until the snow flies.

The Bear Cub Fire, located in the Teton Wilderness, is estimated at thirty acres. It is located six miles north of Brooks Lake and one and one half miles east of Cub Creek and Cave Creek Trail intersection. Twenty firefighters and a Type I Sky-Crane helicopter are still working this fire.

The Falcon Fire has shown slow growth over the past few days, and was accurately mapped at less than 2800 acres. The fire has moved west of Falcon Creek but will eventually run into previously burned areas from 1988. This fire is being managed in cooperation with Yellowstone National Park. Six firefighters are staffed at the Hawk's Rest and Thorofare Cabin Patrol Cabins for structural protection.

Please report any new smoke columns you see.
Many thanks to everyone who has been so diligent about reporting smokes!

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.