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Fire Update
Friday, July 6, 2001 9 pm

Fires at a Glance
  • 14 wild fires are currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest as a result of a thunderstorm cell that came through on July 4th with considerable lightning.
  • The Teton Fires web site was brought back online today and has daily updated fire information for the Bridger-Teton National Forest:
  • A Type I Incident Team has been brought in to manage the Fisherman and Buck Creek Complex fires that are burning near Bondurant and the Hoback Ranches area. Another Management Team will be handling the Greys River Complex fires.
  • As of about 5:30 pm today, the Fisherman Complex was about 500 acres. This is composed of the Buck Creek fire, appx. 400 acres, and Fisherman Creek fire, appx. 100 acres. Hot, dry weather pattern is expected to continue over the next several days.
  • A multi-agency meeting was held this evening at the Pinedale Library coordinating efforts between the Forest Service, BLM, and county fire fighting staffs. Every effort is being made for the safety and welfare of homes in the Hoback Ranches area and making sure area landowners have frequent updates on the status of fire in the area of the homes. Homes are not threatened at this time, but emergency plans are being discussed in case the situation should change. Some voluntary evacuations have taken place.
  • People driving Hwy 191 between Jackson & Pinedale should be aware of fire fighting vehicles and possible heavy smoke at times due to wind shifts. Base camp will be located at the Forest Service Hoback Guard Station in Bondurant.
  • Firewood permits are still being issued from the Forest Service. No campfire restrictions are in effect yet.
  • Fire danger is high on the Forest and fire restrictions are expected to go into effect shortly if we don't get moisture. Forest Service personnel are still finding campfires that have been left unattended and are asking the public to be very careful with any fires they build and to make sure fires are dead out before they leave.
  • Pinedale Online will be updating this fire information as often as needed.
  • Bridger-Teton National Forest latest Press Release: July 6, 2001 8:00 am National Teams Called in to Manage BTNF Forest Fire

Fire camp in the Bondurant area during the 2000 fire season.
The Bondurant area will again host a fire camp this year for firefighters.

For More Info on the Web

Teton Fires
Bridger-Teton National Forest

National Interagency Fire Center NIFC Wildland Fire Map

Press Releases

Where to get more information:
Bridger-Teton Fire Info

Staffed Phone: 307-739-5500
8:00 am-4:30 pm
Jay Anderson, Public Affairs

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)

Where can we go and be away from the fires?
Entire Wind River Mtns, Green River Lakes, New Fork, Fremont, Big Sandy, lower Wyoming range

Earlier Updates:
Friday, July 6, 2001 8 am update
Thursday, July 5, 2001

Friday, July 6, 2001 9 pm update

Fires burning southeast of Bondurant and in the Beaver/Horse Creek/South Rim area are the primary concern at the present time because the Hoback Ranches home area is in-between these two fires. A Type I Incident Team came in today to manage these fires as the Fisherman Complex. The Greys River area fires are being managed by another team based out of Alpine.

At present, no homes in the Hoback Ranches area are directly threatened, but Forest Service and Sublette County officials are taking no chances with these fires considering the very dry forest conditions. The closest fires are 1-1/2 miles from any homes, with sagebrush areas between which aren't carrying the fire very well. Every effort is being made to get equipment and manpower on these fires to try and get them under control as soon as possible. Information people will be assigned to be available to Hoback homeowners to answer questions and concerns about the status of fires for as long as needed. "Firefighter and public safety are our #1 concern" said Greg Clark, Big Piney District Ranger.

The agencies involved in the fire fighting are making every effort to respond to the concerns of the residents in the area of the fires. Emergency evacuation plans are being discussed as a precautionary measure, but are hoped to not be needed with the manpower and equipment that will be devoted to the suppression effort. While the specific PR plans aren't yet finalized, discussions today were to hold frequent meetings in Bondurant with homeowners and to have an information officer at their disposal to answer questions and keep residents updated as much as possible.

Where can you go to hike and camp?
So far no fires are burning in the Wind River Mountains. Green River Lakes, New Fork, Fremont, Elkhart, Boulder, and Big Sandy areas are all good for camping. The lower Wyoming range, Cottonwood and Piney Creeks, ok too, but be alert for smokes and potential new fires.

Be aware that there is both black and grizzly bear activity in these areas, and bears (blacks) are becoming more bold by coming into camps to try and get food. A black bear has been seen at Fremont Lake Campground and up by Photographer's Point. Be sure to practice clean camping and use bear-proof food containers where they are available. Lightweight, portable bear-proof containers (about the size of a small barrel) are available for rent from the Forest Service. These have a $25 refundable deposit and cost is by free-will donation, with the money going back into the bear fund. Please report any bear sightings.

It's only July, but seems like the end of August for fire conditions
While nothing official has been said about curiosity seekers getting in the way, we'd like to encourage folks to try and stay away from the areas of the fires as much as possible to give firefighters room to work. If you don't have a reason to be in the area of the fires, please don't just go to look. We'll be updating the fire pages here frequently to get you the latest information of the fire status. We'll get maps and graphics online as soon as we can get them to show more detailed information about where the fires are. Maps are also posted on the lobby walls in the Forest Service District offices. The Teton Fires web site will also be updated with fire information for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

We are very grateful to the firefighters, both our neighbors and those who have come here from all over the country, to help us get these fires out. Once again our local business community has also stepped in to provide support and supplies, catering services, and other things to help the fire fighting efforts. And it's only the beginning of July. We still have August and September to get through. Please be very careful with campfires, cigarettes, chainsaws, or anything that might ignite a flame if you are out in the forest. Report any new smoke columns you see to the Sublette County Sheriff's office or the local Forest Service office. 

July 4, 2001 Fire Location Map
from the Pinedale Ranger District

July 4, 2001 fire map
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Press Releases:
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.

Last Year's Fires: 2000 Fire pages
Pinedale Online front page

Pinedale Online fire update. Information provided by the Pinedale Ranger District, US Forest Service Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Copyright 2001. Please contact for more information or permission to reprint pictures or content.