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.
August 31, 2001
(Fire pictures below by the Bridger-Teton National Forest)
Creek Fire - 65 acres, Big Sandy area
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.
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 natural
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.
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.
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.
Maps by Pinedale Online!
Fire - 100% Contained, near Boulder Lake
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.
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.