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Wild Fire Updates
Sunday, July 14, 2002 -
10:00 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 is being transitioned to a Type II Team from North Carolina within the next couple of days. This fire was reported Thursday evening, July 11th, and is suspected to be lightning caused. The fire is now 1174 acres in size and has moved south and east. The Horse Creek/Merna road has been closed at the forest boundary for public safety while fire fighters work on this fire. The fire is approximately 20 miles west of Daniel, 6 miles west of the Sherman Guard Station, 1 mile north of Prospect Peak, on the Big Piney Ranger District. No structures are currently threatened by the blaze. (More Info)
  • Several fires are currently burning in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Fire restrictions are in effect on BLM and State lands.
  • Fire danger on the Bridger-Teton National Forest is Moderate and no fire 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.
  • Mule Creek Fire Map

    Mule Creek Fire Map
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    Local Fires at a Glance

    The Mule Creek Fire is burning in the Wyoming Range near Lookout Mtn on the Big Piney Ranger District. The Horse Creek road is currently closed to non-essential public travel at the forest boundary.

    Geomac Fire Map web site

    Wyoming BLM Fire Page

    More 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 1174 acres in size. The fire is approximately 6 miles west of the Sherman Guard Station and 1 mile north of Prospect Peak. Sherman Guard Station is being used as the Incident Command Post for this fire. The cause is believed to be lightning.
       A Type II Team from North Carolina arrived today and is in the process of transitioning to take over management of this fire. Suppression efforts are aimed at keeping the fire north of Horse Creek road and to keep it from burning over the ridge into Mill Creek. The fire did spot south of the road today, but fire fighters were able to get control of those spots and keep the fire from moving further south. This fire is burning in rugged terrain covered by dense, decadent stands of sub-alpine fir which is not considered to be of high timber resource value. No structures are threatened and the fire is entirely on National Forest land. Natural breaks in the terrain and wet meadows are providing good breaks to help fire fighters contain the movement of the fire. Ground crews are creating line with dozers and hand crews, and there have been several plane retardant drops today. But due to the rugged terrain, the most effective efforts have been with the helicopters.
       The Horse Creek road is closed to public travel at the forest boundary and only people with business in the area are being allowed through. Ranchers with cattle and sheep in the allotments are being allowed to access the area and are coordinating their work with the fire fighters. The public is asked to refrain from going near the area unless absolutely necessary and are cautioned about the increased traffic on the road from fire-related vehicles. Public and firefighter safety are the primary objective of fire managers at this time since nothing but natural resources are currently being threatened by the blaze. Concerns for fire fighter safety includes guarding against dehydration, altitude sickness, and the presence of dangerous snags in the tree stands creating hazards for the ground crews.
       Today there were five 20-person hand crews, two ten-person camp crews, three helicopters, three air tankers and two lead planes on the fire. Volunteer fire fighters from Sublette County (Pinedale, Daniel and Boulder volunteer fire departments) have been providing support with a strike team of four wildland fire engines and operations personnel.

    Daily press release updates for this fire are available from the Bridger-Teton National Forest fire page. For more information, contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest at (307) 739-5500.

    Other area fires:
    The public is 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 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.  Copyright 2002.

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