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Fire Sun. Photo by Dave Bell.
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Smoke Sept 4 2017. Photo by NOAA.
Smoke Sept 4 2017

September fires. Photo by NOAA.
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Smoke blankets the Upper Green River Valley
September 4, 2017

Numerous wildfires are burning throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana sending dense smoke into the Upper Green River Valley on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4th. Smoke was dense enough to smell and obscure the views of the Wyoming Range and Wind River Mountains. Residents complained of watering eyes, congestion, sneezing and coughing during the day.

Pinedalians have been treated to beautiful fireball red sunrises and sunsets the past couple of days. Due to all the smoke, we’ve had a second chance within a couple of weeks to view the sun straight on and see sun spots without having to use eclipse glasses.

In western Wyoming, the Pole Creek Fire continues to burn on the Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This fire is located 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY in the Hams Fork drainage. As of the time of this report, it was 3,148 acres and 55% contained. This fire has been burning for about a month now. It was originally a spring controlled burn that ultimately rekindled and became a wildfire. It currently has 89 people on it with 5 engines and 2 helicopters. An area closure is in effect for public safety. Find more info, updates, maps and photos for the Pole Creek Fire at:

Hunters are advised that portions of bear, antelope, deer, elk, and moose hunt areas in the southeast Kemmerer Ranger District fall within the Bridger-Teton National Forest area closure for the Pole Creek Fire. For more information please visit or call (307) 875-3223.

A new fire was spotted in the LaBarge Meadows area of the Wyoming Range on Monday, the Travis Fire. This is a human-caused fire. This fire was less than an acre and is being suppressed.

Fire danger is currently rated HIGH on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. No fire restriction are currently in place. Those recreating and hunting outdoors are asked to be very careful with any campfires, cigarettes, or any other possible ignition sources.

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