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Wild Fire Updates
Friday, August 16, 2002

Divide Fire Update: The fire again has doubled in size to appx. 1,200 acres today. Scab Creek Trailhead & Trail remain temporarily CLOSED, along with a number of other trails. The Continental Divide Trail (Fremont Trail #096) is open to through traffic. An area closure is in effect. Visitors should plan on using alternate routes to access destinations outside the fire closure area. These closures are likely to be in effect at least several more days depending on fire movement. The fire is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit and is not being actively suppressed. See new maps at right and below for the closure area boundary and fire perimeter.

  • The Scab Creek Trailhead and Trail remain closed. This closure is being evaluated daily for safety.
  • The area north and east of Divide Lake is considered at risk for Forest visitors. The Scab Creek Trailhead and Campground are NOT considered at risk at this time, but this situation will be monitored daily and evacuation actions taken if these areas are identified at risk.
  • Area closures, trail closures and camping closures are in effect (see description below).
  • The Fremont Trail #096 (Continental Divide Trail) remains open to through traffic, but is subject to closure at any time pending fire activity. Expect smokey conditions at times depending on wind direction.
  • This fire was caused by lightning and is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit.
  • Wilderness guards are posted in the area to answer the public's questions and concerns.

(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 1,200 acres
Status: Wildland fire for resource benefit
Cause: Lightning

Divide Fire closure area
Divide Fire Closure Area, August 15, 2002. Click for larger version. US Forest Service map.



Geomac Fire Map web site
Teton Fires web site

Divide Fire perimiter map. Click for larger version. USFS map modified with color by Pinedale Online.More Current Fire Information:
The Divide Fire once again doubled in size from 600 to approximately 1,200 acres today. This fire is in the Bridger Wilderness just south of Divide Lake and is moving east from there. Forest Service officials are still pleased with the fire's progress and direction of the burn. The fire has reached Sylvan and Knob Lakes, and is on both sides of Moose Lake, and down to Lower Sylvan.
    Objectives are to keep the fire from spreading outside of the wilderness boundaries. The burn is spotty, mostly on the ground with occasional torching and spotting accomplishing the goals of eliminating ground fuels and debris. For those concerned with how the area looks, it is not a solid black swath but rather the desired mixture of burned and unburned areas which should be a benefit to the area.
   It is possible the fire could reach 2,000 acres today due to red flag conditions which are bringing high winds, high temperatures and low relative humidities to fan the fire. At this time, there are two fire monitors and three wilderness rangers on the scene to monitor the fire's behavior and assist with public information. The smoke column was clearly visible from Pinedale.

Camping Closures:
Lakes closed to camping within the closure area include Toboggan Lakes, Little Divide Lake, Divide Lake, Three Elk Lake, Pine Island Lakes, Monroe Lake, Knob Lakes, Moose Lake, Lightning Lakes, Full Moon Lake, Junction Lake, Sandpoint Lake, Bob's Lake, Dream Lake, South Fork Lake, Raid Lake, Cross Lake, Crescent Lake, Upper & Lower Sylvan Lakes, Warbonnet Lake, and Star Lake.

Trail Closures:

  • The entire Scab Creek Trail #110 from the Scab Creek Trailhead to Cross Lake
  • The Lowline Trail #095 from Little Divide Lake to Wolf Lake.
  • The entire Sage Basin Trail #109 from Scab Creek Trailhead to its junction with Scab Creek Trail, south of Crescent Lake.
  • The Highline Trail #094 from Full Moon Lake/Junction Lake south to Upper Silver Lakes.
  • The entire Sylvan Lakes Trail #162.
  • The entire Silver Lakes Trail #108.
  • The Fremont Trail #096 (Continental Divide Trail) remains open to through traffic, but is subject to closure at any time pending fire activity.

The Divide Fire is located inside the Bridger Wilderness, approximately 4.5 miles east of Scab Creek Trailhead, in the vicinity of Divide, Monroe, Knob, Moose and Lower Sylvan Lakes. The fire is burning in heavy lodgepole pine timber and is being managed as a wildland fire for resource benefit. This fire will help remove the buildup of dead rotting trees on the ground and create a mosaic of vegetation that will ultimately benefit wildlife and reduce larger fires that often sweep through uniform aged forests. 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. 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. There are no immediate risks to structures with this fire at this time. Although helicopters are occasionally being used to monitor this fire, horses are being used to pack in food and supplies to fire monitors and wilderness rangers. See our earlier update archive for aerial pictures of this fire. Note the new fire closure map for a perimeter of the new expanded closure area.

Trail closure status can change daily, so if you are planning on going into this area, check with the Forest Service before you head out for the latest updates and advisories. Current information can be obtained by checking with the Pinedale Ranger District office, 307-367-4326, or stopping by the District office. 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. The weather in the high country is subject to wide variations in temperature this time of year. Be sure to bring clothing to layer for cold mornings and warm afternoons, and a sleeping bag rated for colder nighttime temperatures.

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 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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