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Wild Fires
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.

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Wild Fire Updates
Friday, July 19, 2002 -
11:30 pm

Latest News: All new small fires suppressed.
Fire fighters have successfully suppressed all the many new small lightning-caused fires that have popped up over the last 48 hours on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and nearby private land. The Mule fire still is burning in the Wyoming Range and is 20% contained and 3,855 acres. The Mule Fire is the 3rd largest fire currently burning in Wyoming. The largest is on the Medicine Bow NF northwest of Wheatland and the other is in Yellowstone National Park. (National Fire Situation Report) The area closure remains in effect for the Horse Creek/Beaver Creek drainage areas in the path of the fire. The road is closed to traffic, except locals and fire fighters, at the Merna Junction. The public is asked to refrain from going to this area unless necessary. Be aware of increased traffic on the roads due to fire fighting activity. Also, there is increased air traffic all through this area with helicopters and fixed wing planes due to the area fire activity.
Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press releases

  • Air tanker retardant drops have been halted and large tanker planes grounded as a result of the fatal crash of a four-engine PB4Y plane that had spent the day dropping fire retardant on a fire approximately 45 miles from Denver, Colorado. The two people on board were killed.

  • All of the small lightning-caused fires that were reported in the past 2 days have been suppressed. The only fire remaining is the Mule Fire on the Big Piney Ranger District which remains at 3,855 acres today.

  • Fire information hotlines: Toll free, 1-866-651-4234 or 307-739-5577. Fire Information Officers will staff phone lines from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, seven days a week or as needed for current fire activity.
  • More light rain fell again today to help dampen the Mule fire somewhat. The fire remains at 3,855 acres and is 20% contained. More Info | Fire Restrictions

  • Other fires are currently burning in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. See the Teton Fires web site for more information on these fires,
  • Fire restrictions are also in effect on BLM, State lands and Sublette County. No fireworks are allowed at any time on any of these lands. Camp fires are allowed ONLY in developed campgrounds. Please make sure your fire is completely out before leaving your campsite.
  • Geomac Fire Map web site

  • Wyoming BLM Fire Page

  • See the Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press releases for more BTNF fire info.

Mule Fire Photos

Mule Fire

Mule Fire

Mule Fire

More Mule Fire Photos

Photos by the Mule Fire IC crew. Used with permission.

Local Fires at a Glance

Mule Fire:
Horse Creek, Big Piney Ranger District
Size: 3,855 acres
Status: 20% Contained
Cause: Lightning

Forest Service Fire Info:
1-866-651-4234 or

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
7 days a week during fire season

Mule FireMore Current Fire Information:
Local fire fighters are taking a breather after several days of going in many different directions chasing small fires caused by the passing thunderstorms. While the storms started numerous small fires, these were quickly responded to by local County and Forest Service crews.

The Mule Fire still burns, but the light rains that have fallen have helped the North Caroline Overhead Team and their crews by reducing the activity of the fire. Crews are still attacking hot spots and actively concentrating on the spot fires on the northeastern edge of the fire.
    No structures are currently threatened by this fire. The primary concern now is for fire fighter and public safety. Crews are only working during daylight hours due to the extreme danger from falling snags. Slippery conditions from the recent rain also is making footing treacherous. The road block at the Merna Junction remains in effect with Sublette County Sheriff's Officers manning the block. Only fire fighting personnel and local residents are being allowed through. The area closure for North and South Beaver, Dry Beaver, Lead and Horse Creek drainages and all associated access routes was in effect again today. This special closure was implemented to preserve firefighter and public safety and will be reviewed daily for applicability. The Mule Fire is located approximately 20 miles west of Daniel with its eastern edge six miles west of the Sherman Guard Station. It is one mile north of Prospect Peak and approximately one mile south of Horse Mountain on the Big Piney Ranger District. The fire base is located on the Cottonwood/Ryegrass road. Fire Perimeter Map
Air tanker retardant drops have been halted and planes grounded asMule Fire a result of the fatal crash of a four-engine PB4Y plane that had spent the day dropping fire retardant on a fire approximately 45 miles from Denver, Colorado. The two people on board were killed. The crash brings to 11 the number of people killed fighting wildfires nationwide this year. Five died in a traffic accident in Colorado en route to a fire and one was crushed by a fire-damaged tree in Colorado. Three more people were killed in a June crash in California, after the wings on a C-130A tanker snapped off in the air, sending the fuselage to the ground in a fireball.
  Fire restrictions are now in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park. The fire danger is Very High. Daily Forest Service 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 or call the new toll-free information hot line numbers.

Other area fires:
Lightning-caused fires have also sprung up in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton 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, 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.

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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:
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 these reports. Copyright 2002.

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