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Thursday, July 4, 2002

Cow Camp Fire Receives Additional Support
366 acres, 50% contained, Start: June 29
Cause: Lightning, Location:
15 miles east of Boulder

  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District):
    The acreage on this fire has been increased to 366 acres due to more accurate GPS mapping data available. Containment is now at 50%. The fire is about 15 miles east of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale. Crews are working to protect an outfitter cabin and nearby cow camp. 185 people (seven crews) and one helicopter are presently working on the fire.
  • Fire restrictions in effect on BLM and State lands.
  • Fireworks are prohibited within Sublette County and on National Forest lands.
  • Fire Danger on the Pinedale Ranger District is Moderate. No closures or restrictions currently in effect on National Forest.

    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.

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    Current Fire Information:
    The fire status is about the same today as yesterday on the Cow Camp fire. The acreage was increased to 366 acres due to better mapping from GPS data, but the perimeter is the same as yesterday. Precipitation has contributed to keep fire activity to a minimum.
       The Cow Camp fire is burning in sub-alpine 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. The weather outlook for today is sunny and breezy with no red flag warnings in effect.
       The South Fork II fire is burning on the east side of the Continental Divide on Bureau of Indian Affairs land on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Smoke from this fire can be seen on our side and may be confusing for location. This fire is currently 10,000 acres in size and 0% contained. Click here for more information on other Wyoming fires:


    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 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.

    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 a total of 7 crews and one helicopter.

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    Links to earlier Fire Info:

    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.  Copyright 2002.