Gathering 2 Fire 100% Contained
Fire near Dutch Joe/Big Sandy and Rainbow Camp
by Pinedale Online!
July 8, 2008
A fire that started on Monday near the Rainbow encampment in the Big Sandy area is now 100% Contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire started on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the boundary with the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Bear Trap Meadows around 2:30 PM on July 7th. The fire was approximately 31 miles southeast of Boulder.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest ordered the evacuation of two camps associated with the Rainbow Family Gathering.
An Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team was activated to manage the fire. It reached 4 acres in size, burning in heavy dead and down timber and bug-killed pine trees. There were 44 people assigned to the fire, including a 20-person hand crew and firefighters and equipment from Boulder, Pinedale, Daniel and Bondurant Volunteer Fire Departments. The fire is believed to be human-caused.
As of Tuesday morning, the fire is in the "mop up" phase. Crews are working to make sure there are no remaining hot spots in the burned area. There is presently light smoke and smoldering spots within the burned area, but no flames.
Fire danger is currently MODERATE on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. No restrictions are in place for campfires.
This is the second fire to occur this season in the Big Sandy area near Dutch Joe. An earlier fire occurred on June 23rd near Dutch Joe Guard Station and reached 1/10th of an acre in size.
For more information on this fire, call 307-739-5564. Fire information hotline for the Bridger-Teton National Forest: (307) 739-5577.