Wildfire extinguished at Dutch Joe Guard Station
Cause of ¼ acre grass fire is under investigation
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
June 23, 2008
The Bridger-Teton National Forest dispatched a wildland fire engine on the Pinedale Ranger District around the noon hour today for a wildfire burning near the Dutch Joe Guard Station.
Dutch Joe Guard Station is located 47-miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming and 3-miles from the Bridger-Wilderness boundary.
The fire burned approximately ¼ of an acre of grasses and a tree stump. Federal officials on site were able to successfully scratch a perimeter line around the fire with shovels and hand tools to keep the fire from spreading until the engine could come and extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire danger for the Forest is currently rated as low.
“Just because there is a low fire danger doesn’t mean there is no firedanger,” said Fire Management Officer Rod Dykehouse. “While some of the upper elevations of the Forest are still under snow with swollen creeks, the vegetation is rapidly drying due to the recent spell of warm weather,” he said.
The Forest is looking at elevating the fire danger to moderate in the next several weeks due to the projected weather and hotter temperatures forecasted for the next several weeks.
Visitors to the Forest can help prevent unwanted wildfires by thoroughly extinguishing their camp fires, and being responsible with ashes and cooking stoves.