Wildfires on the BTNF
Several small fires still burning
September 20, 2005
The Bridger-Teton National Forest fire and resource officials are remaining busy this fall monitoring several fires ignited by lightning.
Most recently, the Deadman Fire was discovered September 19 on the Greys River Ranger District. Fire officials and resource specialists decided to use the Deadman Fire for resource benefit. As part of an effort to encourage a healthy ecosystem, forest officials review all natural caused fires located in approved areas for potential use as a tool to manage landscape resource benefits. This is called wildland fire use.
The Deadman fire is three-tenths of an acre and burning in spruce and fir adjacent to grasses and light timber. The fire is smoldering and creeping along the ground just southeast of the Deadman Lookout tower. Currently there are no roads or trails closed by this natural fire. However, Forest users are advised to use caution in the vicinity of the Telephone Pass trail since it is close to the fire area. Fire officials will continue to monitor the area for any needed safety precautions.
Bridger-Teton fire managers are continuing to monitor other naturally ignited fires throughout the Forest each day.
• Trapper Creek Wildland Fire Use (WFU) Fire Located on the Pinedale Ranger District, the Trapper Creek WFU Fire has burned 3 acres to date.
• Fire Trail Creek WFU Fire Located on the Greys River Ranger District, this fire has burned two-tenths of an acre and is smoldering on the ground.
• Hams Ridge WFU Fire Located on the Kemmerer Ranger District, this WFU fire grew to 12 acres last night and is exhibiting a more active fire behavior with isolated torching of trees and spot fires in front of the main fire area.
• Redtop Fire This fire is on the Greys River Ranger District and is currently two-tenths of an acre. This fire was started by lightning and is naturally confined by terrain and Forest officials are allowing it to burn itself out.
For more information on these or other fires on the Bridger-Teton, visit
www.tetonfires.com or call 1-866-651-4234.