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Wild Fire Updates
Saturday, July 6, 2002

Cow Camp Fire 100% Contained, Crews Demobilizing
366 acres, 100% contained, Start: June 29
Cause: Lightning, Location:
15 miles east of Boulder

  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District):
    The Cow Camp fire was called contained at 6 pm yesterday. Two of the 7 crews assigned to the fire are demobilizing today and two more will head out tomorrow, leaving three, 20-person crews working the fire. Crews are performing mop up and taking care of any remaining hot spots. The fire is about 15 miles east of Boulder and 30 miles from Pinedale.
  • Fire restrictions in effect on BLM and State lands.
  • The Forest Service reported that they didn't write any citations on National Forest land for fireworks violations over the 4th. There have been some reports of people setting off fireworks in area campgrounds. Campers are reminded that fireworks are not allowed anywhere in Sublette County or on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
  • Fire Danger on the Bridger-Teton National Forest is Moderate and no restrictions are currently in effect. Forest Service personnel anticipate fire restrictions may be implemented soon on the Bridger-Teton National Forest if hot, dry conditions continue. Outdoor recreationists should plan for this possibility and bring approved gas stove alternatives for cooking. There are no closures or restrictions currently in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

    Local Fires at a Glance

    Cow Camp Fire
    Pocket Creek drainage, appx 1.5 miles south of Wolf Lake, just outside the Bridger Wilderness on the Pinedale Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest
    366 acres
    Started: June 29, 2002
    Crews: Type 3, 1 helicopter, three 20-person crews
    Status: Undergoing mop-up, crews demobilizing
    More Info: Pinedale Ranger District, 307-367-4326

    No other fires are currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

    Wyoming BLM Fire Page

    Current Fire Information:
    The Cow Camp fire is now 100% contained and some of the crews are demobilizing to other fires. Remaining crews are performing mop up and continuing to look for hot spots while completing line construction around the fire. One helicopter is still assigned to this fire. Other crews are performing frequent visual surveillence of the whole forest to look for any new smokes using fixed wing aircraft and ground checks. Fire danger is still Moderate on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and no fire restrictions are currently in effect.

    Other Comments:
    Bugs are out in force now. Outdoor recreationists may want to bring their favorite bug repellant to keep from being the main course for hungry mosquitos and biting flies. Sunscreen is also highly recommended. Campfires are still legal, for the moment, on BTNF. They are prohibited on BLM and state land now. Recreationists might want to plan for the almost inevitable fire restrictions to come by bringing along some kind of legal propane stove in case restrictions go into effect and you can no longer build a campfire.
       Please also remember that fireworks are illegal everywhere in Sublette County and on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Light them in a campground or dispersed area, and you will probably be reported and receive a visit from the local law enforcement, along with a hefty fine. Cause a fire to be started because of your fireworks, and you may be also hit with all the fire suppression costs resulting from that fire. Some of the wild fires to date have already surpassed a million dollars in fire fighting costs.
       The Pinedale Ranger District personnel would like to thank the Bousman family in Boulder for their cooperation in using their land for the fire base camp and helibase for the Cow Camp fire. Also, thanks to all the local businesses who were helpful in supporting the fire fighting efforts!
       We want to thank the local Forest Service fire fighting personnel who have already put in many hours and very long days on this fire, as well as the out of area crews who came to our town and helped with the fire suppression efforts. Everyone get some rest and take a breather. It's only July. We know we are very fortunate our fire wasn't much worse.
       Please be very careful with your campfires and cigarettes, and report any smoke columns you see while you are enjoying the great outdoors.

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    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.

    Links to earlier Fire Info:
    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.  Copyright 2002.

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