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Current information on wild fires near Pinedale, Wyoming, the western Wind River Mountains, the Wyoming Range, and the southern portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park lift Fire Restrictions Monday, Sept 9th

Fire danger is moderate.
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Wild Fire Updates
Sunday, September 15, 2002

  • Fire Restrictions Lifted for BTNF and Grand Teton Park.
  • Fire danger lowered to moderate.
  • Divide Fire closure area reduced to fire perimeter boundary. Some camping and trail closures still in effect for this fire area. (see below)

The Bridger-Teton National Forest also allows wood and/or charcoal campfires in the backcountry in established fire rings only. Permits are not required for non-commercial, backcountry national forest users. All park visitors and forest users are required to attend their campfires at all times. Additionally, only dead and down wood may be used as firewood in both the forest and park. Forest users are asked to be extremely cautious when using fire and are reminded that fire restrictions could be reinstated if conditions change.

Heavy rain and cooler temperatures have greatly reduced fire activity over the past several days on the Divide Fire, which is burning inside the Bridger Wilderness, approximately 4.5 iles east of Scab Creek Trailhead, in the vicinity of Divide, Monroe, Knob, oose and Lower Sylvan Lakes. This lightning-caused fire was detected August 2nd and is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit. Fire managers have reduced the closure area boundary to the fire perimeter itself. Lakes cosed to camping within this area are Divide, Knob ad Moose Lakes. Some smoldering is expected to continue within the perimeter of the closure area until heavy snow arrives.

Divide Fire Closure Area
Divide Fire Closure, September 13, 2002.
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US Forest Service map.

(National Fire Situation Report)
Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates

Local Fires at a Glance

Divide Fire:
Bridger Wilderness, south and east of Divide Lake, Pinedale Ranger District
Size: appx. 2,500 acres
Status: Wildland fire for resource benefit
Cause: Lightning

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Camping Closures:
The closure area for the Divide Fire is now the fire perimeter area itself. Lakes closed to camping for public safety include: Divide Lake, Knob Lake and Moose Lake.

Trail Status:

  • Entire Scab Creek Trail #110: From the trailhead to Cross Lake is OPEN. The Scab Creek Trail serves as the northern boundary for the camping closure below Cross Lake.
  • Entire Sage Basin Trail #109 from Scab Creek Trailhead to its junction with Scab Creek Trail is OPEN.
  • Sylvan Lakes Trail #162 is OPEN. However there may be hot spots between Sylvan Lakes and the Warbonnet Lake area, where caution is advised.
  • Entire Highline Trail #094 and Fremont Trail #096 are OPEN.
  • The entire Silver Lakes Trail #108 is OPEN.
  • Lowline Trail #095 from Divide Lake to Monroe Lake is CLOSED, with over 60 trees down on this section of the trail.

Unlike suppression activities on most forest fires, the Divide Fire is being managed to help remove the buildup of dead, rotting trees on the ground and to create a mosiac of vegetation that will ultimately benefit wildlife and reduce larger fires that often sweep through uniform aged forest. The forest in this area has a large build-up of downed trees, snags and ladder fuels that lead to higher fire risk if allowed to continue to accumulate.
   Fire is a naturally-occurring event, but often is prevented in many areas of National Forest lands. In the Bridger Wilderness, there have only been two lightning fires in eleven years that have been allowed to burn their natural course. After considering the risks to visitors, private land, and areas surrounding the wilderness, the decision was made to manage this fire as a natural fire. Fire monitoring personnel and wilderness rangers are patrolling the closures.

Current information can be obtained by checking with the Pinedale Ranger District office, 307-367-4326, or stopping by the District office.

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates
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Links to earlier Fire Info:

September 9, 2002
August 31, 2002
August 26, 2002
August 24, 2002
August 21, 2002
August 20, 2002
August 16, 2002
August 15, 2002
August 14, 2002 (Divide Fire pictures)
August 9, 2002 (Divide Fire pictures)
August 7, 2002
August 4, 2002
July 27, 2002
July 24, 2002 (More Mule fire pictures)
July 22, 2002
July 21, 2002 (Mule fire pictures)
July 19, 2002 (Mule fire pictures)
July 18, 2002
July 17, 2002
July 16, 2002
July 15, 2002
July 14, 2002
July 13, 2002
July 6, 2002
July 5, 2002
July 4, 2002
July 3, 2002
July 2, 2002
July 1, 2002
June 30, 2002
June 29, 2002
2001 Fire Updates
2000 Fire Updates

For More Info on the Web

Teton Fires
Bridger-Teton National Forest

National Interagency Fire Center NIFC
NIFC Wildland Fire Map

Where to get more information:
Bridger-Teton NF Fire Info
Mary Lendman or Jason Anderson
307-739-5542 or 307-739-5564

Pinedale Ranger District, BTNF

Big Piney Ranger District, BTNF

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.

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 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 need to report a fire or have concerns. Be aware that 911 may route you to a different area other than Pinedale depending on where you are calling from.

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This Pinedale Online fire update is written by Dawn Svalberg from information obtained from the Pinedale Ranger District, the Jackson office of the US Forest Service Bridger-Teton National Forest, and online sources. Pinedale Online is solely responsible for the content of our fire update reports. See the Bridger-Teton National Forest web site for the official fire news releases.

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