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July 7, 2001 10
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 yesterday 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.
can you go to hike and camp?
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.
only July, but seems like the end of August for fire conditions
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.
FIRE DANGER IS 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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