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Tuesday, July 2, 2002

  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District):
    324 acres, 20% contained, lightning-caused
    This fire grew to approximately 324 acres as of Tuesday morning. The fire is about 15 miles southeast of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale. Crews are working to protect an outfitter cabin. 90 people are presently working on the fire, with another 20-person crew arriving today. The fire is approximately 20% contained.
  • Fire restrictions to be implemented on BLM lands beginning July 4th.
  • Fireworks are prohibited within Sublette County and on National Forest lands.
  • Smoke from a fire on the Wind River Indian Reservation on the east side of the Continental Divide is visible from our area and may be confused with being on our side.
  • Fire Danger on the Pinedale Ranger District is Moderate. No closures or restrictions currently in effect on National Forest.
  • No open fires allowed on Wyoming State lands.

    Cow Camp Fire Map

    Click on the image above for a map showing the location of the Cow Camp fire. The fire is currently just outside the Bridger Wilderness boundary, approximately 15 miles southeast of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale.

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    Current Fire Information:
    Over the past 24 hours, the Cow Camp fire increased in size to approximately 324 acres. Firefighters were able to hold the fire on its southern border Monday night, with only minor growth to the fire's eastern flank. Ninety people are presently working this fire, including four 20-person crews and their associated support personnel. An additional 20-person crew arrived today from Richfield, Utah, Fish Lake National Forest. Suppression efforts are focusing on the southern and eastern flanks to keep the fire north of Jim Creek as firefighters prepare for another day of Red Flag weather conditions including hot, dry weather, low relative humidity and high winds.
       The nearby cow camp was evacuated on Saturday, June 29th, and firefighters are working to protect the outfitter's cabin northwest of the fire area. The public is being asked to refrain from using this area for safety purposes. Crews are still creating handline construction, gridding spot fires, and preparing areas for mop up. The fire is in heavy timber with many spot fires.
       The initial attack helicopeter was called away from the Cow Camp fire for a short time to assist with a search and rescue mission in Grand Teton National Park, but returned later in the day. It is helping with shuttling crews and supplies and performing some water drops.
        At present, the fire is approximately 20% contained. No roads or trails are closed, and no closures are in effect due to this fire.
       The Bureau of Land Management issued a press release that fire restrictions would go into effect on BLM lands as of July 4th. Restrictions prohibit any fires except within agency provided grates at developed recreation sites. Fully enclosed stoves or grills or stoves using pressurized liquid or gas are allowed. Smoking is prohibited except within a closed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Other restrictions regarding chain saws, welders and torches are in effect. Off-road vehicles are prohibited unless equipped with a properly installed spark arrester. Contact the local BLM office for more details on the exact restrictions.
        Fireworks are also prohibited on BLM and National Forest lands and within all of Sublette County.


    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 will begin 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.


    Fires at a Glance

  • One fire, the Cow Camp Fire, is currently burning in the Wind River Range of the Pinedale Ranger District in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near the wilderness. The fire is approximately 1.5 miles south of Wolf Lake just outside the Bridger Wilderness boundary. This is a lightning caused fire which began Saturday, June 29th.
  • Another fire is burning near Flaming Gorge in the Utah portion which has closed Hwy 191 and threatens structures at Flaming Gorge Dam. The Mustang fire was reported to have 200 foot flames and required evacuations of recreation areas.
  • The South Fork II fire is burning on the east side of the Continental Divide on the Wind River Reservation and is now 4,500 acres and 0% contained. Smoke from this fire can be seen from our side of the Winds and has been confusing to some recreationists who have reported it as a possible new fire.

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    Links to earlier Fire Info:

    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.