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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Cow Camp Fire Receives Additional Support
334 acres, 25% contained, Start: June 29
Cause: Lightning, Location:
15 miles east of Boulder

  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District):

    This fire grew an additional 10 acres overnight to approximately 334 acres as of Wednesday morning. The fire is about 15 miles east of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale. Crews are working to protect an outfitter cabin. 170 people are presently working on the fire. The fire is approximately 25% 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 east of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale near Pocket Creek.

    Large fires, July 3rd, NIFC map

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    Current Fire Information:
    Over the past 24 hours, the Cow Camp fire increased in size by 10 acres to approximately 324 acres due to spotting outside the fireline perimeter to the east. Two more 20-person crews arrived to support this fire, bringing manpower to 170 people working this fire, including overhead support personnel. A helicopter is assigned to arrive today for continued aerial support. Suppression efforts continue to focus on the southern and eastern flanks as firefighters prepare for another Red Flag weather day with winds, unstable weather, and high lightning potential from scattered thunderstorms.
       The Cow Camp fire is burning in sub-slpine fir and spruce at approximately 9,000 feet in elevation, immediately south of the Bridger Wilderness boundary, south of Wolf Lake. The nearby cow camp was evacuated on Saturday, June 29th, and fire crews are working to protect the outfitter's cabin. There are no closures in effect due to this fire.
       The public is still being asked to refrain from using this area for safety purposes. As the holiday weekend approaches, forest users are reminded that fireworks are prohibited on BLM and National Forest lands and within all of Sublette County. No open fires are permitted on State land and only in developed campgrounds on BLM land. No restrictions are yet in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, but are expected if dry conditions continue and fires worsen.


    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 just outside the Bridger 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. A Type 3 team is overseeing this fire with local personnel, 4 out of area crews, and one helicopter.

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    Links to earlier Fire Info:

    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.