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Wild Fire Updates
Saturday, July 13, 2002 -
8:30 pm

One fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the Wyoming Range on the Big Piney Ranger District. Fires are also burning in Yellowstone National Park and on the Wind River Reservation east of the Continental Divide.
Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press releases

  • The Mule Creek Fire was reported Thursday evening, July 11th at 8:00 PM. It is located 20 miles west of Daniel. The fire increased in size considerably during the day on Saturday and is now estimated at 1000+ acres. The fire crossed Horse Creek Road today with many spots pushing south and east. The Horse Creek/Merna road has been closed now in the area of the fire for public safety while fire fighters begin burnout activity to try and keep the fire from crossing the road. A type II Team has been ordered in from North Carolina. The fire is approximately 8 miles west of the Sherman Guard Station, 1 mile southwest of Lookout Mountain, on the Big Piney Ranger District. The smoke column from this fire is visible from the newly positioned Wyoming Department of Transportation web cam, which is now looking west from the Cora Y junction with Hwy 191.
  • The South Fork II Fire (some people are calling it the Washakie fire) is burning on the east side of the Continental Divide 10 miles west of Fort Washakie, Wyoming (Wind River Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs land). The smoke column from this fire can sometimes be seen from our side of the Divide and has confused some people into thinking it is a fire burning here and calling it into the Forest Service and Sheriff's Office.Click here for information about this fire: More Info
  • Several fires are currently burning in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District):
    The Cow Camp fire is 100% contained and crews have been demobilized. This fire was located near Wolf Lake east of Boulder just outside the Bridger Wilderness.
  • Fire restrictions are in effect on BLM and State lands.
  • Fire danger on the Bridger-Teton National Forest is Moderate and no restrictions are currently in effect. Forest Service personnel anticipate fire restrictions may be implemented soon on the Bridger-Teton National Forest if hot, dry conditions continue. Outdoor recreationists should plan for this possibility and bring approved gas stove alternatives for cooking. There are no closures or restrictions currently in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
  • Local Fires at a Glance

    The Mule Creek Fire is began on Thursday evening in the Wyoming Range near Lookout Mtn on the Big Piney Ranger District.

    The Cow Camp fire is 100% contained.

    Wyoming BLM Fire Page

    Current Fire Information:
    The Mule Creek Fire is burning 20 miles west of Daniel on the Big Piney Ranger District. This fire was reported Thursday evening and is now estimated at 1000+ acres. The fire is approximately 8 miles west of the Sherman Guard Station and 1 mile southwest of Lookout Mountain. Sherman Guard Station is being used as the Incident Command Post for this fire. The cause is still under investigation.
       This fire has shown rapid growth today, crossing the Horse Creek Road, located south of the fire. In response to this extreme behavior, fire managers have ordered two additional 20-person hand crews to assist with suppression activities until the Type II IMT arrives. The arrival of these two crews will bring suppression resources to six 20-person hand crews, two ten-person camp crews, two helicopters, three air-tankers, one lead plane and a type III (local) Incident Management Team. Another heavy duty helicopter was scheduled to come in today also.
       Local fire fighters from Daniel, Boulder and the Pinedale fire department were called out mid afternoon today to provide support and assist with with a burn out to try and keep the fire on the north side of Horse Creek/Merna road. The public is asked to avoid this area for public safety. Daily press release updates for this fire are available from the Bridger-Teton National Forest fire page.

    Other area fires:
       Smoke columns from large fires in on the other side of the Continental Divide can sometimes be seen from here. Visitors are still encouraged to report any new smoke columns they see. You can keep up with where the fires are burning by checking in on the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Large Fire update page and Fire Map. Fires are also now burning in Yellowstone National Park. The Teton Fires web site also has interagency fire information links for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park,


    Bridger-Teton National Forest:
    NO fire restrictions on Bridger-Teton National Forest administered lands at this time. Back country users are reminded that campfires are not allowed above timberline in the wilderness at any time. Fireworks are prohibited at all times.

    Sublette County
    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.

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    Links to earlier Fire Info:
    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.  Copyright 2002.

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