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.
Monday, July 16, 2001
The fire situation has calmed somewhat, relatively speaking. At least enough to make local officials feel comfortable to release most of the Hot Shot crews that were here, with the exception of a couple of Type II hand crews from Helena. The fire base camp in Bondurant at the Hoback Guard Station is deserted now. Local firefighters are taking the opportunity to get a bit of rest for what they know is inevitably coming, more fires. Forest Service officials make daily aerial patrol sweeps and are picking up new lightning-caused small fires that are being immediately jumped on by helicopters and firefighting crews.
The Fisherman Creek fire is being called controlled. Mop up crews continue to work on this one, and will throughout the summer, until the snow calls it officially out. It is not spotting and is looking good for now. The Buck Creek fire is also being called controlled, but they are watching this one a little more closely because of the potential for spotting. They will continue to monitor these fires with heat-sensing infared sensors to detect any hidden hot spots that might flare up should conditions dry out and winds pick up. Hoback Ranches homeowners are breathing a sigh of relief now and working on creating defensible spaces around their homes, if needed. For more information about Hoback Ranches, visit their web site at: www.hobackranches.com.
Greys River Complex consists of 5 separate fires being managed
together. Main firefighting efforts are focusing on two fires:
Temple fire: About one mile east of Big Sandy Campground. 1/10 acre in size. Status is contained and controlled, but not completely out. Trailhead, trails and campground are still open.
Ker fire: At the top of Cliff Creek in the upper Hoback drainage. Size: 1/8 acre. This fire showed up on Saturday and is now contained, controlled and out.
Harmon fire: Located approximately 2 miles within the Bridger Wilderness about 1/2 mile north of Toboggan Lake near the Scab Creek trailhead and BLM campground. Size is approximately 4 acres and it is currently contained and controlled. Campground, trailhead and trails are open.
Sacajawea fire: Located about 25 miles west and slightly north of Big Piney near the Sacajawea campground close to the BTNF forest boundary. Size: 5 acres. Campground and trails are still open.
See the Teton Fires web site for information about other fires on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, www.tetonfires.com.
16, 2001 BTNF Fire Map
You Local Businesses and Firefighters!
The local Sublette County Sheriff's office and Emergency Management team have put in many hours helping with the coordination of the firefighting efforts. Our local Forest Service employees have also put in countless hours of their time on firefighting duties. These folks are the ones who do the initial attack and fire coordination until the time the fires take off and specialized fire crews are called in to take over. Some of these folks have been working 2 weeks straight with sometimes as little as 4 hours of sleep at night and are finally getting a couple of much needed days off to rest. Next time you see these folks in the grocery store (and next winter) be sure to thank them for all their hard efforts to help protect the area homes that have been threatened by the fires and the forest we all enjoy so much here.
We also wanted to mention the wonderful folks up at the Hoback Ranches area. They've been through some pretty scary days and have been absolutely wonderful. Anyone interested in learning more about this beautiful area can visit their web site at: www.hobackranches.com.
FIRE DANGER IS VERY HIGH
|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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