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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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are in effect

BTNF Fire Restrictions

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Wild Fire Updates
Saturday, July 27, 2002 -
5:00 pm

Latest News: Mule Fire 100% contained.
Firefighters called the Mule Fire 100% contained Thursday afternoon. Crews have begun to demobilize with some left behind to continue to mop up hot spots and begin rehab on access roads and trails. The Type II Command Team from North Carolina will be leaving after the weekend and turning the fire over to local officials. The area closure for Horse Creek, North & South Beaver, Dry Beaver and Lead Creek remains in effect. Check our archives for photos of the Mule fire taken by the North Carolina Command Team. No other fires are currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
(National Fire Situation Report)

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates

  • This page will only be updated as fire activity changes.

  • 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 and manned by Sublette County Sheriff's officers. 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.

  • Due to decreased fire activity on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Forest Service has temporarily closed the Fire Information hotlines. Additional information can be obtained by calling (307) 739-5500, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Forest Service officials remind people that fire restrictions are in effect and campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds. Also, campers are reminded not to leave campfires unattended and to make sure their fire is completely out before leaving the area.

Local Fires at a Glance

Mule Fire:
Horse Creek, Big Piney Ranger District
Size: 3,930 acres
Status: 100% Contained
Cause: Lightning

Geomac Fire Map web site

Teton Fires web site

Retardant drop on Mule Fire
Click for larger view

Scroll down to our archive pages for earlier photos.

Story about the Mule Fire camp in this week's Sublette Examiner newspaper.
Mule Fire story by the Sublette Examiner. Photo by the Sublette Examiner.

More Current Fire Information:
The Mule Fire is now 100% contained. Crews are beginning to ship out to either go home or on to fires in other areas. Some crews will remain behind to tend the fire and continue to work on mop up and rehab. The North Carolina Command team will be headed home after the weekend and local officials will take over the fire.
    Contained does not mean controlled, just that fireline has been completed around the blaze. Fire fighting crews continue to work in from the 200 foot black line around the perimeter of the fire, clearing dangerous snags and any burning trees and moving in to a 500 foot perimeter. In reality, this fire won't be completely out until the snow flies in the fall, in October or November.
   This fire has been estimated at 3,930 acres and is being managed by 17 hand crews (20 persons per crew), 3 Helicopters, 15 wildland fire engines, 6 water tenders and 2 dozers. There are over 550 personnel on this fire. The blaze is located approximately 20 miles west of Daniel in the Horse and Beaver Creek drainages of the Wyoming Range on the Big Piney Ranger District. There have been no serious injuries to date on this fire. The fire camp base is located on the Ryegrass/Cottonwood road just south of the Merna/Cottonwood cutoff road. Click here for pictures and a story about the fire camp from this week's Sublette Examiner newspaper.
   The Mule Fire posses no immediate threat to private structures adjacent the forest. An area closure remains in effect for the North and South Beaver, Dry Beaver, Lead and Horse Creek drainages and all associated routes. Sublette County Sheriff's officers are manning this road block and allowing only fire fighting personnel and local residents through the block. This special closure was implemented to preserve firefighter and public safety and will be reviewed daily for applicability.
   We'll update this fire page as fire conditions warrant and change. Also check the Bridger Teton fire page and Teton Fires web sites for current press releases about fire conditions.

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire press updates
Teton Fires web site:

   Fire restrictions are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Sublette County. No campfires except in developed campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions
BTNF Fire Restrictions

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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 24, 2002 (More Mule fire pictures)
July 22, 2002
July 21, 2002 (Mule fire pictures)
July 19, 2002 (Mule 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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