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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
Monday, July 22, 2002 -
9:00 pm

Latest News: Mule fire, 65% contained
Firefighters are using the cooler, wetter weather to their advantage to continue to work to contain the northeastern edge of the fire. The fire is 65% contained and 3,585 acres. Resources currently on the Mule Fire are eighteen 20-person hand crews, four ten-person camp crews, four helicopters, three dozers, fourteen wildland engines and a Type 2 National Incident Management Team from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources. The area closure for Horse Creek, North & South Beaver, Dry Beaver and Lead Creek remains in effect. The road block at the Merna Junction is still being manned and only firefighters and local residents are being allowed through. This fire is burning in the Horse and Beaver Creek drainages of the Wyoming Range approximately 20 miles west of Daniel. Currently, there are not fires burning in the Wind River Mountains or upper Green River area. All campgrounds, trails, and commercial establishments are open for business and operating normally. Campfire restrictions are in effect, and the fire danger remains at Very High.
(National Fire Situation Report)

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press releases

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 and be careful with cigarettes.
  • Geomac Fire Map web site

  • Wyoming BLM Fire Page

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

Local Fires at a Glance

Mule Fire:
Horse Creek, Big Piney Ranger District
Size: 3,585 acres
Status: 65% Contained
Cause: Lightning



More Current Fire Information:
Firefighters continue to make good progress getting a containment perimeter around the Mule Fire. This blaze is burning in Horse Creek in the Wyoming Range on the Big Piney Ranger District. The fire has not increased in size and containment is now 65%. Daytime temperatures have been in the 70s-80s with nighttime lows in the 40s. Partial cloud cover and afternoon thunderstorms that build up to produce rain have helped keep fire activity subdued for the crews. No other fires are currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, although we have had lightning every day which could produce sleeper fires later. The weather is forecast to dry out as the week progresses, possibly with more wind.
    For those who are planning vacations to the area, but aren't very familiar with where things are, this fire is over in the Wyoming Range a little over 30 miles west of Pinedale. The road from Pinedale over McDougal Pass into the Greys River is south of this fire and unaffected by it. Highway 191 between Pinedale and Jackson Hole is north of the fire and also is unaffected. Bondurant and the Hoback Ranches are not threatened or getting smoke. The Union Pass road is also unaffected by the fire, but is closed because of bridge construction on the Shoshone National Forest side (it is open from Pinedale to the top of Union Pass and Lake of the Woods). This fire won't affect your travel plans into the Wind River Mountains, Green River Lakes, Fremont Lake, Pinedale, or the southern Winds in the Big Sandy area. If you're in doubt about the area you are planning to visit, write us or the Pinedale Chamber and ask about the conditions for that area and we'll get back with you. There is minimal smoke coming up from the fire now and visibility is good. All trails, campgrounds, and business services are open everywhere on the Forest. Still, it is a good idea to stop by the local Forest Service Ranger District office when you get to town to get the latest updates and any advisories for the area you plan to be in.

   Fire restrictions are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park. No campfires except in developed campgrounds. A clearing at the end of a two track road with a ring of rocks for a campfire is NOT a developed campground and you cannot have a campfire there. If it has a name like "Green River Lakes Campground", with picnic tables, and numbered camping spots, and a Campground Host, you're in a developed campground and you can have your campfire there. PLEASE be sure your fire is dead out before you leave your camping spot and be very careful with cigarettes. This may sound like a no-brainer, but the Forest Service folks are still finding camping spots where people have left their campfire burning and unattended. Please make sure your fire is completely out before leaving it! Fireworks? Don't even think about it! 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 21, 2002 (fire pictures)
July 19, 2002 (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 these reports. Copyright 2002.

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