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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.

Partial campfire restrictions
are in effect

BTNF Fire Restrictions

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Wild Fire Updates
Saturday, August 31, 2002

Divide Fire Update:
The Divide Fire travel and camping closure area perimeter has been downsized and portions of certain trails have been reopened due to reduced fire activity. The smaller closure area will allow hikers and hunters to use the Scab Creek Trail for through travel. Areas nearer the fire will remain closed to the public since they are still considered to be at risk for fire activity. Hunters and hikers using trails that are no longer affected by the closure should remain alert for fire activity. Increased fire activity can be expected if warm, dry weather is sustained for two days or more. Fire monitoring personnel and wilderness rangers will be in the area to watch fire activity and enforce the reduced size closure that will remain in effect until conditions change.
   The Divide Fire is burning in the Bridger Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles east of the Scab Creek Trailhead in the vicinity of Divide, Monroe, Knob, Moose and lower Sylvan Lakes. This fire was started by lightning andt is being managed as
fire for resource benefit. It is being monitored but is not being actively suppressed. Forest Service personnel are posted in the area to answer questions from the public. The fire is approximately 2,200 acres and was detectd August 2nd. Trail and area closures are in effect for the area.
See map at right for new fire closure perimiter and text below for related trail and camping closures for the Divide Fire.

(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. 2,200 acres
Status: Wildland fire for resource benefit
Cause: Lightning

Divide Fire Closure Area
Divide Fire Perimeter, August 29, 2002. Click for larger version. US Forest Service map modified with color by Pinedale Online.

Geomac Fire Map web site
Teton Fires web site

Camping Closures:
Lakes closed to camping for public safety include: Little Divide Lake, Divide Lake, Lightning Lakes, Knob Lake, Upper & Lower Sylvan Lakes, Star Lake, Moose Lake, Scab Lake and Monroe Lake.

Trail Closures:

  • Scab Creek Trail #110: From the trailhead to the Forest Boundary is OPEN WITH NO RESTRICTIONS. From the Forest Boundary to Cross Lake is OPEN to THROUGH TRAVEL but subject to closure at any time pending fire activity
  • Lowline Trail #095 is CLOSED from Little Divide Lake to Star Lake.
  • Sage Basin Trail #109 is CLOSED at the Forest Boundary.
  • Sylvan Lakes Trail #162 is CLOSED.
  • Highline Trail #094 and Fremont Trail #096 (Continental Divide Trail) are OPEN WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.

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 throughout the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. 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 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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