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Wild Fire Updates
Monday, August 19, 2002

Divide Fire Update: The Divide Fire reached 1,539 acres over the weekend and is burning in the Bridger Wilderness. Trail and area closures remain in effect for the area. 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.

  • The Scab Creek Trailhead and Trail remain closed. This closure is being evaluated daily for safety.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. CLOSURES
  • 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. There are no immediate risks to structures at this time.
  • 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
Fire Restrictions:
BTNF Fire Restrictions

Local Fires at a Glance

Divide Fire:
Bridger Wilderness, south and east of Divide Lake, Pinedale Ranger District
Size: appx 1,539 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.

Divide Fire perimiter map. Click for larger version. USFS map modified with color by Pinedale Online.
Divide Fire Perimeter, August 16, 2002. Click for larger version. US Forest Service map.

Geomac Fire Map web site
Teton Fires web site

More Current Fire Information:
Over the weekend the Divide Fire had most of the burning taking place within the fire perimteter. A crew of thirteen firefighters worked to secure the southwest portion of the fire. The burned area continues to resemble a mosaic pattern with individual trees torching rather than a canopy fire. Most of the meadows that are interspersed within the perimeter remain unburned.
   This fire is in the Bridger Wilderness just south of Divide Lake and is moving east from there. Objectives are to keep the fire from spreading outside of the wilderness boundaries. Both helicopters and packstock are being used to support fire monitoring personnel and wilderness rangers.

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.

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.

Are you interested in more information about the Biscuit Fire in southern Oregon? This fire is now bigger than the old Tillamook burn. The Forest Service has a great web site with current information, maps, and photos at:

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 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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