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Fire Update
July 6, 2001 8 am

Fires At a Glance
  • 14 wild fires are currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
  • The largest fires, Buck Creek (near south Beaver area, appx. 350 acres) and Fisherman Creek (appx 75 acres), are now being managed jointly as the Fisherman Complex with a Type I National Team being brought in today.
  • The Rim near Hwy 191 fires are at appx. 2 acres and spotting. People driving Hwy 191 between Jackson & Pinedale should be aware of fire fighting vehicles and possible heavy smoke at times due to wind shifts.
  • There have been some voluntary evacuations out of Hoback Ranches area. Fires are on both sides within 3-5 miles as the crow flies of this area.
  • New fires have been found in the Greys River area between Deer Creek and Moose Flat. A Type II Area Team has been requested to manage this Greys River Complex. Numerous other small fires are also burning in this area with the potential to grow. Lightning last night may have sparked other fires yet to be found and fire officials are actively assessing the area with aerial flights and ground observation patrols.
  • Firewood permits are still being issued from the Forest Service. No campfire restrictions are in effect yet. No structures are yet directly threatened by wildfires.
  • Fire danger is high on the Forest and fire restrictions are expected to go into effect shortly. 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 Fires

Fire danger is high.

For More Info

Bridger-Teton National Forest
National Interagency Fire Center NIFC Wildland Fire Map

Press Releases

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:
July 5, 2001

Friday, July 6, 2001

Fires are burning on the Rim and in the northern Wyoming Range. Fires may be combined and managed all as one complex soon. As hot, dry weather continues, and more lightning and thunderstorms pass over, these fires have the potential to grow. So far, no campfire or firewooding restrictions are in place. No buildings are threatened by fires at this time. Fire danger is still high and expected to remain so for the next couple of days with the current weather forecast.

Fisherman Complex:
Buck Creek fire (S. Beaver area) -appx 350 acres
Fisherman Creek fire-appx 75 acres

Fires have been fairly active this morning. Fire getting tanker drops this morning and heavy equipment working the fires. Some voluntary evacuations out of Hoback Ranches due to fires on both sides (this one and the Rim fires) within 3-5 air miles, but no structures are threatened at this time.
Pinedale Online note: Traffic is being stopped on the South Beaver Road for unnecessary travel in that area. If you don't need to be there, please don't drive up there just to see the fires. You can help a lot by staying out of the way so fire-fighting crews don't have to go around unnecessary vehicles and worry about extra people in the area if fire conditions change abruptly.

Rim fires
Appx. 2 acres with a lot of spotting
Fires on east and west side of the Rim on north side of Hwy 191. Potential to grow if winds shift. Smoke has been heavy at times along Hwy 191 reducing visibility. Travelers should be aware of firefighting vehicles and activity in the area traveling to and from the fires.

Boulder Basin fire (Pot Creek)
1/4-1/2 acre, still has some hot spots.
Crews are still watching this fire.
Was appx. 1/2 mile from Circle S Ranch.

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.

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.

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