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Campfire. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Campfire pit in a dispersed area of the forest, away from a developed campground.

New Fork Lakes Fire. Photo by Dave Bell.
New Fork Lakes Fire
The New Fork Lakes Fire was caused because of an escaped campfire. Photo by Dave Bell.
Unattended Campfires are Unacceptable
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
August 1, 2008

(Pinedale, Wyo) - The Bridger-Teton National Forest is asking that all visitors to the Forest make a special effort to insure that their campfires are completely extinguished before leaving the area. A properly extinguished campfire is cold to the touch, and ashes are thoroughly wetted with water. "Leaving a campfire unattended is punishable by a monetary fine," said Fire Prevention Technician Nan Stinson. "If your abandoned campfire results in a wildfire, you could be held responsible for the cost of that blaze," she said.

The New Fork Lakes fire is burning 19-miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming and was determined to be caused by an unattended campfire. That fire is now3600 acres and burning in the Bridger Wilderness area. A second fire was discovered late in the evening on Thursday, July 31 north of Bolder Lake, approximately 12-miles east of the town of Pinedale. The Blueberry Lake fire grew to 1 acre in size and is expected to be contained this evening. The Blueberry Lake fire was also caused by an escaped campfire.

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