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Sunday, June 30, 2002

  • Cow Camp Fire (Pinedale Ranger District): Reported at 315 acres at 8 am June 30th. Cause determined to be lightning. Firefighting personnel today include B-T Regulars and a 20-person fire crew. Two more 20-person crews to arrive Monday, July 1st, from the Pacific Northwest. Fire is in the Pocket Creek drainage approximately 1.5 miles south of Wolf Lake, just outside the Bridger Wilderness boundary. For safety purposes, the public is asked to refrain from using this area. This is the only fire currently burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
  • Fire Danger on the Pinedale Ranger District is Moderate. No closures or restrictions currently in effect on National Forest or BLM lands.
  • No open fires allowed on Wyoming State lands.
  • Click here for the current wildland fire status map for the US. Fire Map

    Summer in Wyoming
    Fire conditions currently are moderate. This old cabin and lake are up in Bondurant. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Summer in Wyoming brings green grass, wildflowers, and blue skies during the warm, lazy days. Fire condition is moderate. This old cabin is located in the Bondurant valley north of Pinedale. Click for larger version of picture. Photo by Pinedale Online.

    Current Fire Information:
    Over the past 24 hours, the Cow Camp fire grew from 15 acres to approximately 315 acres by Sunday morning. This fire is burning south of Pinedale and east of Boulder in the Pocket Creek drainage approximately 1.5 miles south of Wolf Lake, just outside the Bridger Wilderness boundary. It has been determined that this fire was caused by lightning.
       Local firefighting crews will be supplemented tomorrow by two more 20-person crews who will be arriving from the Pacific Northwest. Resources are limited for this fire because so many are currently working on larger fires in other areas. An outfitter's camp and a cow camp are in the vicinity of the fire area. The public is being asked to refrain from using this area for safety purposes. There are no closures in effect at this time.
       Forest Service firefighting efforts are aimed at protecting the cow camp and outfitter camp which are located northwest of the fire and keeping the fire north of Jim Creek. Emphasis is on containment of the southwest and southern flanks of the fire.
       The Cow Camp fire was detected Saturday morning and has been determined to have been caused by lightning. Currently the B-T Regulars and a 20-person fire crew are assigned to the fire which is headed by a Type 3 Team. There is a red flag warning in effect this afternoon for wind gusts up to 35 mph which could hamper control efforts.

    The other Pinedale, in Arizona
    Residents of Pinedale, Arizona, finally began returning to their homes east of a giant Arizona wildfire Saturday, after spending a week watching from afar as the inferno threatened their neighborhoods and charred nearly half a million acres. The massive Rodeo-Chediski still threatens to overrun several communities, and other areas near Pinedale, Arizona are still closed. On the 700-square-mile fire's western flank, a two-lane highway served as an asphalt line in the sand where firefighters battled to keep the flames from spreading to more communities. The massive fire reached 437,000 acres by early Saturday. Nearly 30,000 residents were forced out of their homes by the fire as a precaution. More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze. Officials said 423 homes have been lost -- but thousands have been saved. (more on CNN online news)


    Bridger-Teton National Forest:
    NO fire restrictions on Bridger-Teton National Forest administered lands at this time.

    NO fire restrictions on BLM administered lands at this time.

    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 near the wilderness. The fire is approximately 1.5 miles south of Wolf Lake just outside the Bridger Wilderness boundary. Fire size is estimated at 315 acres as of 8 am Sunday morning. No trails, roads or structures affected at this time. No closures are in effect.
  • Winds in eastern Wyoming have caused fires there to burn across containment lines and increase in size. Fires are currently burning on the Medicine Bow National Forest and on BLM administered lands near Casper and Rawlins. As of today, 6 other fires are burning in Wyoming, none of which are contained.
  • The Cow Camp fire is the only wild fire currently reported on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

    National Wild Fire Incident Map

    National Wildland Fire Update


    Links to earlier Fire Info:
    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
    Jay Anderson, BTNF Public Affairs, Jackson, Wyoming

    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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    Pinedale Online fire update. Local fire status information provided by the Pinedale Ranger District and the Jackson office of the US Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Copyright 2002.