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Divide Fire, August 13th. USFS photo.
Divide Fire
USFS Photo

Wild Fire Updates
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 8 pm update

Divide Fire Update: Appx. 300 acres. Scab Creek Trailhead closed Wednesday evening. New trail closures.

  • The Scab Creek Trailhead has been closed today, Wednesday evening. Hikers are being allowed out of the back country, but not in from the trailhead. This closure is being evaluated daily for safety.
  • Sage Basin is now closed all the way to where it joins the Scab Creek Trail up by Crescent Lake.
  • The section of the Lowline Trail between Little Divide Lake and Monroe Lake Junction remains temporarily closed.
  • The fire is moving due east from the south side of Divide Lake. Knobb and Monroe Lakes are at the head end of the fire, but it hasn't reached them yet today.
  • An area closure remains temporarily in effect prohibiting camping for safety reasons.
  • Wilderness Guards are posted in the area to assist backpackers traveling beyond the Divide Lake area and to provide the public with information on the fire's progress and associated temporary trail closures.
  • The lightning-caused fire is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit, meaning suppression efforts are minimal.

TRAIL CLOSURES: The Lowline Trail between Little Divide Lake and Monroe Lake Junction remains closed due to the fire activity. The Scab Creek Trail and trailhead were closed Wednesday evening, with the closure being reevaluated daily. The Sage Basin area and trail is currently closed. The areas of Lower Divide Lake, Knobb Lake, Moose Lake, Upper and Lower Sylvan Lakes, Crescent Lake, Lightning Lake, and Pine Island Lake are closed to camping due to the potential spread direction of the fire. Forest Service personnel are at the trailhead and in the area to answer any questions from hikers and assist with relocating campers from the closed area. The Scab Creek campground is open. Scroll down this page for more details.
(National Fire Situation Report)

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates

Local Fires at a Glance

Divide Fire:
Bridger Wilderness, 1/2 mile south of Divide Lake, Pinedale Ranger District
Size: appx 300 acres
Status: Wildland fire for resource benefit
Cause: Lightning

Divide Fire closure area
Divide Fire Closure Area, August 6, 2002

Mule Fire:
Horse Creek, Big Piney Ranger District
Size: 3,930 acres
Status: 100% Controlled
Cause: Lightning

Geomac Fire Map web site

Teton Fires web site


Divide Fire, August 13. USFS photo. More Current Fire Information:
The Divide Fire is grew to approximately about 300 acres and is moving deeper in the wilderness in an easterly direction, as desired by fire managers monitoring the burn.
   The fire is moving east towards Monroe and Knobb Lake and so far has not moved south or west. Trail closures and camping restrictions are being re-evaluated daily. Anyone who is concerned about their back country travel plans for this area should call the Pinedale Ranger District to find out the latest status. Hikers are being allowed out of the area as long as Forest personnel on the fire deem it safe, but no one is being allowed in from the trailhead. The Scab Creek campground is open.

This lightning-caused fire is located approximately 1/2 mile south of Divide Lake in the Bridger Wilderness and was detected August 6th. The fire is burning in heavy lodgepole pine timber and is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit. While providing for increased resource benefits, this type of fire management action will limit the cost of the Divide Fire to approximately 30% of its potential suppression expense.

Current information can be obtained by checking with the Pinedale Ranger District office, 307-367-4326. Check the Bridger Teton fire page and Teton Fires web sites for current press releases about fire conditions. Please be very careful with cigarettes when outdoors and remember that campfires are allowed ONLY in designated campgrounds.

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates
Teton Fires web site:

   Fire restrictions are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Sublette County. No campfires except in developed campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions
BTNF Fire Restrictions

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Bridger-Teton National Forest:
Partial fire restrictions are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Back country users are reminded that campfires are not allowed above timberline in the wilderness at any time. Fireworks are prohibited at all times. Restrictions

Sublette County
County-wide fire restrictions are in effect. Lighting fireworks is prohibited within Sublette County.

Fire restrictions began July 4th. No open fires except within developed recreation sites. Regulations regarding smoking, operating a chain saw, and welder are in effect. No fireworks.

Restrictions went into effect on State lands on June 11th.
No open fires, barbecue grills or fireworks on any lands or facilities administered by the Game and Fish Department.

Links to earlier Fire Info:

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 these reports. Copyright 2002.

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