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Fire Update
Wednesday, August 1, 2001
Open Fire Restrictions now in Effect

Fires at a Glance

    Beginning 8 am this morning, open fire and smoking restrictions went into effect in the county, on National Forest and BLM lands. Campfires are allowed ONLY in developed recreation sites, ie. campgrounds, with provided fire grates. No open fires allowed in dispersed sites even if they have a fire pit. Fires are permitted in fully enclosed stoves or grills, or stoves using pressurized liquid or gas. Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site, or an area cleared at least 3' in diameter of all flammable material. Chainsaws must have approved spark arresting devices properly installed, and operators must have a fire extinguisher and round point hovel. Other restrictions are also in effect.

    New fires include the Cora fire, which is a lightning holdover that began on Sunday on BLM land near Cora by Hwy 352. This fire reached between 60-100 acres burning in sagebrush and is now being mopped up. Two other small fires occurred last week due to campfires that were left unattended or camper carelessness, one on the upper end of Fremont Lake and the other at the Green River Lakes campground. These were small spots that are now out. The earlier fires, Fisherman and Buck, are still being patrolled and watched, but are controlled and not a concern. The Rim fire is now out.

    The Winds, Wyoming Range and Gros Ventre mountains are all open.

    The Green Knoll fire up near Wilson, several miles southwest of Jackson, is being called 80% contained and some of the firefighting personnel are being moved to other more pressing fires. Rehab teams are now in Jackson and homeowners are being allowed to return to the subdivisions. No homes were lost and the total cost for the fire is now estimated at over 8 million dollars. It has been determined that this fire was human-caused, due to an escaped campfire.

  • Articles on CNN's web site about the Wyoming fires: Campfire May be Cause of Wyoming Blaze (July 9, 2001), "Green Slime" May Save Homes from Wyoming Fire (July 27, 2001) and Wildfire Spreads in Wyoming Forest Land (July 26, 2001)
  • The state of Wyoming Tourism Department has frequently updated fire information for travelers at
  • Map of other wild fires in the US

Latest Fire Press Releases

Open fire restrictions are now in effect
Fire restrictions went into effect for all of Sublette County and the Bridger-Teton National Forest as of 8 am this morning, August 1. No open fires allowed except for in developed recreation areas.

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
Staffed Phone: 307-739-5577
7:00 am-10 pm

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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Open fire restrictions went into effect this morning at 8 am for the entire Sublette County, Bridger-Teton National Forest and BLM lands within the county. No open fires are allowed except for within campgrounds with provided fire grates. Campers in dispersed areas need to use liquid or gas fuel stoves only. Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a campground (developed recreation site), or in a 3' area cleared of flammable material. Other restrictions apply for chainsaws and other activities which may create a spark or flame. Fire restrictions are posted at forest entrances, trails, and at District offices.

The Interagency Fire Information Center is open up in Jackson for fire questions daily from 7 am until 10 pm. You can get information, updated several times daily, online at the Teton Fires web site, If you need to talk with someone in person, call (307) 739-5577. We encourage people to check out the web site first to find the answers to your questions. You can also get information, updated several times daily, from the Wyoming Department of Tourism regarding how fires may affect your planned trip. Their web site is:

All trails, campgrounds and roads are open in the Winds, Wyoming Range and Gros Ventres, so come on up!

Click here for recent
Pictures from the Green Knoll Fire

Earlier Updates:

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


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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