2013 Wildland Fires
|Moose Fire||The lightning-caused Moose Fire in Grand Teton National Park was mapped at 180 acres on August 21. The fire is located on the west side of Jackson Lake in the upper basin of Moose Creek.
The fire was originally reported in Moose Basin in the upper end of Webb Canyon on August 3 by West Yellowstone Smokejumpers en route to the Rock Creek Fire. Two jumpers were assigned to the fire, which was then burning on the west slope of a ridge in mixed conifers.The fire had grown to 7 acres as of August 18 and to an estimated 40 acres on August 19, moving eastward into upper Moose Creek.
The fire grew to 281 acres and was declared out Oct. 21.
|Straight Creek||This 1/10 acre fire was discovered on the Big Piney Ranger District mid-day 10/17 and determined to be human caused. The fire was suppressed the same day.|
|Jamb Creek Fire||This fire was reported Oct. 23 on the Big Piney Ranger District in the Upper Hoback area. Firefighters hiked in to the fire on Oct. 24 and began suppression efforts on the 1/10 acre fire. The fire is located along the Highline Trail and is human caused from an abandoned warming fire. The fire was contained and controlled 10/24. Wildcad Map Link|
|Haystack Fire||This lightning caused wildfire was located north of the Gros Ventre drainage in the Grey Hills area of the Jackson Ranger District. At 41 acres, the fire burned in primarily sage, grass and an “island” of timbered lodge pole pine trees. Fire behavior is mainly creeping and smoldering in dead and down fuels, the sage fire has burnt its self out with the cool night air and relative humidity recovery in the grasses. The fire is located in a future project area referred to as Upper Gros Ventre Wildlife Enhancement project area, developed and identified through the collaboration and cooperation of multiple agencies and partners. This fire was suppressed on 8/22. Photo, Map|
|Enos Fire||The small Enos fire was detected by the interagency helicopter while on a communications mission on September 4. This incident was located north of Enos Lake in the Teton Wilderness of the Buffalo Ranger District. The final fire size held at a tenth of an acre in size. The fire was barely active in sage and grass well within the fire scar from the 1988 Mink Fire. The Mink fire was also a lightning fire which at the time was burning in lodge pole, grass and sage and grew to 111,610 acres before being declared out. The Enos fire spread was anticipated to be low due to sparse fuel loads, and the moisture received and during the fall evenings. Detection Photo|
The Ramshorn fire was detected as fire managers where installing a webcam in the Snake River area September 14th. Lightning data and evidence on the ground show a lightning storm tracking through the area on September 6 confirms a lightning-caused ignition. The camera’s installation helped to monitor fire activity and smoke during the long term management strategy. Cold and wet weather conditions suppressed the fire in October. The fire smoldered in heavy timber on a north facing slope and located one mile south of the Beaver Mountain on the Jackson Ranger District.
|Dog Creek Fire||A storm passing over the Greater Yellowstone Area in mid September was determined responsible for the Dog Creek Fire which was located north of Wolf Mountain on the Jackson Ranger District. This fire was a perfect candidate for a long term strategy as cooler weather, shorter days, recent precipitation and heavy frost in the evenings primarily influence the fire's behavior this late in the fire season. The fire was called out after cold wet weather during the month of October.Initial Size-Up Photo from Helicopter 25. Flyer|
|Bull Fire||The Bull Fire was first discovered on 9/17 from the fire detection webcam in place in the Snake River Area. This fire was 1/10 acre and located North of Bull Hollow hiking trail in the Little Greys River drainage on the Greys River Ranger District. Called out 9/30.|
The Green Fire is located in the Upper Green River Valley on the Pinedale Ranger District at the base of Osborn Mountain in heavy bug killed timber. The fire is 1,065 acres. Fire has received significant precipitation and fire activity is minimal. Cause of the fire is lightning.
The Emergency Area & Trail Closure has been lifted. Hazard Advisory! - Although there are currently no closures in place, hazards exist within and near the vicinity of the fire. The public is urged to stay clear of the fire and if travelling near the fire area watch for snags and falling trees, rolling rocks and debris, and residual smoke and flames.
|Kendall Mountain Fire||
This lightning caused fire was discovered 8/3 on the Pinedale Ranger Station in the Upper Green. The fire is 698 acres burning in the Bridger Wilderness in rough, inaccessible terrain east of Boulder Basin. Resources are working to keep the fire contained within the management action points and north of Boulder Creek. For more information visit Inciweb
Hazard Advisory! - Although there are currently no closures in place, hazards exist within and near the vicinity of the fire. The public is urged to stay clear of the fire and if travelling near the fire area watch for snags and falling trees, rolling rocks and debris, and residual smoke and flames.
|Logjam Fire||This human caused fire was discovered by forest personnel at 2:00am 9/21. Three fire fighters contained, controlled and put the fire out the same day, 9/21. Photo|
|Poison Fire||This lightning caused fire was discovered when a lightning storm crossed the area of the confluence of Little Greys River and Greys River, 9/17. The fire is located due SW of Skull Creek in the Poison Hollow area of the Little Greys River drainage. Three fire fighters from E-631 on the Greys River Ranger District hiked into the fire and found it at 1/10 acre. They contained the fire by 6:45pm and hiked out of the area due to more lighnting activity along with rain and hail. Called out 9/21|
|Pipestone Fire||This 1/10 acre fire was human caused on the Pinedale Ranger District. The fire was suppressed the same day it was located on 9/19.|
|Salt Lick Fire||A severe thunderstorm passed over the Pinedale Ranger District and surrounding area on Sept. 17 bringing lightning and heavy rain. Smokes were reported in the Upper Green River basin and local firefighting resources responded. This fire was located at approximately 6:30 pm and was receiving large amounts of precipitation. Crews returned to the fire 9/18, contained and controlled the 1/4 acre fire on 9/19, and it was out 9/20. Attached video shows that despite the rain the fire remained hot and burning. Video|
|Prater Fire||The human caused Prater Fire was discovered by a local resident late afternoon September 15 on Greys River Ranger District. Located approximately 1 mile North of the town of Star Valley Ranch, near Prater Mountain. This fire is 1/10 acre and burning in light timber on the south facing slope. Suppression action is being taken by two Helitack personnel and is under investigation at this time. Contained at 7:50am and controlled at 11:45, 9/16. Called out, 4:20pm, 9/16.|
|Game Fire||This fire on the Big Piney Ranger District was discovered on 9/9 burning in a downed log. Lightning is the cause of the 1/10 acre fire. Firefighters suppressed the fire the same day.|
|Red Fire||The Red Fire was the result from one of the several lightning storms which tracked over the area early in September. After a phone call from the reporting party on the fire's location, interagency helicopter 25 X-Ray responded to the Fairy Peak area in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area (WSA) to determine a management strategy for the fire. The fire had very low potential for growth and was burn in lite timber. The fire was fully suppressed at less than a tenth of an acre.|
|Sheep Fire||The Sheep Fire was found and reported on September 5 on the Greys River Ranger District. Fire personnel took full suppression action. The fire was a 1/10 acre in size and was human caused. Contained, controlled and called out 9/6.|
|Packer Creek Fire||
This fire was discovered Aug. 2, and is burning on the Pinedale Ranger District in the Packer Creek area. The fire size is 401 acres and 100% contained. The fire burned through heavy timber and dead and down trees on the ridge between N. Beaver drainage and Little Twin Creek drainage approximately 22 miles north of the Daniel, WY. Fire activity is minimal and two engines are patrolling and monitoring the fire. This fire ignited from lightning 8/1.
There is no closure in place but hazards exist within and adjacent to the burn area. Visitors are strongly urged to stay clear of the fire. If travelling in or near the burn watch for snags and falling trees, rolling rocks and debris, hot stumpholes, and residual flames and smoke.
|62 Road Fire||This fire located on the Big Piney Ranger District was discovered and suppressed on 8/31 at 1/10 acre.|
|Little Sheep Fire||This fire on the Pinedale Ranger District burned 1/10 acre before being suppressed 8/21. Cause is lightning.|
|Black Fire||This 2.6 acre fire was discovered on the Pinedale Ranger District on 8/21. The human caused fire was suppressed and declared out 8/22.|
|Boulder Fire||2 Forest Service engines, a helicopter plus 4 engines from Sublette County responded to this wildfire near the Boulder Summer Homes. This fire was discovered 8/24 on the Pinedale Ranger District and has been held to 5 acres. Cause of fire is undetermined at this time. Contained and controlled 8/25, and out 8/28.|
|Red Peak Fire||The lightning caused Red Peak is located six miles east of Alpine, Wyoming on the north side above highway 26/89. The 1/4 acre fire was discovered early evening on 8/21. The Swan Valley Helicopter from the Caribou Targhee National Forest inserted two of their helitack and two firefighters from Engine 441 out of Jackson. The fire was contained 8/22 and declared out 8/23.|
|Black Fire||This fire was discovered 8/19 on the Pinedale Ranger District. The fire is currently 2.6 acres burning heavy dead and down timber approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Meadow Lake. The fire is being suppressed by an air tanker, a helicopter with crew, 5 jumpers and 2 engines. Cause of the fire is human caused and is under investigation. The fire was contained at 12:00 8/21 and out 8/22.|
|Little Sheep Fire||This fire is east of Dollar Lake in the Upper Green River Valley on the Pinedale Ranger District. It sparked from lightining the evening of 8/20. The 1/10 acre fire burned in heavy timber before three fire engines, 2 Forest Service, 1 Sublette County, suppressed the fire on 8/21.|
|Red Top Fire||This fire is located west of Red Top meadow on the North Fork road. Interagency Engine 441 has called the fire contained and controlled at a size of 1 acre. The fire was declared out on August 19th.|
|Pacific Creek Fire||A wildfire was reported late afternoon of August 16 west of Pacific Creek Road in Grand Teton National Park, near the border with Bridger-Teton National Forest. One Teton Interagency engine, one National Park engine from Lake Meredith NRA (TX), and one brush truck from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responded along with Helicopter 25 responded and controlled the fire at 2 acres. The fire was called out August 18. The cause of the fire is under investigation but no lightning was reported in the area.|
|The JDR Fire was ignited by lightning on August 15. Three smokejumpers and Helicopter 25 suppressed the fire, which was called out on August 17. The fire is located on the John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway just southwest of the Flagg ranch area.|
Several spot fires were detected on August 14 at the head of the Little Dog and Dog Creek drainages of the Jackson RD. Interagency Helicopter 25 sized the fire up as five individual spot fires burning in mixed conifer. The fire is located within the Palisades Wilderness Study Area along the Caribou Targhee and Bridger Teton National Forests. Smokejumpers were assigned on August 15 and the fire was suppressed and declared out on August 18.
|Horseshoe Fire||This lighting caused fire was discovered on the Pinedale Ranger District the evening of 8/9. It is currently 1/10 acre located in the Bridger Wilderness near Horseshoe Lake inside the Fayette Burn of 1988. The fire was declared contained and controlled as of 8/14. The fire was declared out 9/11. 8/9 Photo, Location Map|
|Jenny Fire||This lightning caused fire is located on the Big Piney Ranger District near Bondurant. The fire burned 1/10 acre and was declared out 8/15.|
|Interagency Helicopter 25 delivered 2 engine crew members to suppress this lightning caused fire on the Jackson District. Located adjacent to the 2001 Green Knoll fire scar and west of the Indian Paint Brush subdivision. Fire size upon the initial size- up conveyed 1/10 of an acre in size. The fire was declared out on 8/14.|
|Wildcat Fire||This lightning caused fire is burning on the Pinedale Ranger District to the west of the Sweetwater Fire and is currently 1/10 acre. Resources from the Sweetwater Fire responded and the fire was suppressed 8/14.|
|Sweetwater Fire||This fire was discovered on the Pinedale Ranger District 8/13 at 1/4 acre. The fire was caused by lightning and was suppressed by 8 firefighters with assistance from a Type III helicopter with bucket drops. The fire was called out 8/14.|
|McCain Creek Fire||This lightning caused fire was discovered on the Greys River Ranger District 8/13. The fire is a 1/10 acre and is being suppressed by 3 fire personnel from E-631. Contained 8/13. Controlled and called out 8/14.|
|South Fall Fire||Teton Interagency Helicopter 25 responded the Palisades Wilderness Study area to suppress this fire on the Jackson Ranger District. Started by lightning and burning in a single conifer tree the fire is located within the proposed Teton to Snake fuels reduction project area which is designed to reduce forest fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface. The fire is located on a very steep slope and cannot be considered for long term management objectives until further fuels mitigation is completed. The fire was called controlled on August 1. It has been supressed and declared out as of 8/13.|
|Shoal Fire||This lighting caused fire was discovered on the Big Piney Ranger District on Aug. 10, one mile west of the Dell Creek feedground in the Bondurant area. The 1/10 acre fire suppressed by two helitack and a local engine crew and declared out on 8/11. Location Map|
|Swift Fire||This fire was discovered on the Greys River Ranger District in the head of Jensen Creek, approximately 3 mi. SE of Grover, Wy 8/5. The fire 1/10 acre fire was burning in heavy timber. Teton Interagency Helitack took suppression action. Contained late evening on 8/5. Controlled and called out on 8/6.|
|Trap Fire||Engine 4 responded to a fire off the northern portion of Pilgrim Creek Road in Grand Teton National Park at 9 a.m. Aug. 7. The fire was an escaped, illegal campfire. The crew suppressed the fire at a 1/10th acre and declared out.|
|Turnout Fire||Park rangers responded to a report of a tree on fire in the Gros Ventre River turnout around midnight Aug. 6. The suppressed the fire and it was declared it out the following morning. The cause of the fire is unknown.|
|Rock Creek Fire||Two West Yellowstone Smokejumpers suppressed this small fire located west of Mount Leidy on the Buffalo Ranger District. The fire is a hold over from a lightning storm on August 1st. The fire was found and reported by the Lost Creek Ranch. The fire was called out the evening of August 5th.|
|Hatchet Fire||A lightning storm moving through the Teton area on August 1, started this single tree fire located on the Buffalo Ranger District. Interagency Fire Helicopter 25 and Helitack suppressed the fire.|
|Interagency Fire crews responded to a fire in Grand Teton National Park on July 31 at 6 p.m., 3/4 mile southeast of the Moulton Ranch Cabins on Mormon Row. The fire burned 1 ½ acres of grass before firefighters contained it around 7 p.m. Engines from Moose and Colter Bay and a water tender from Teton County responded to the fire. Firefighters returned Thursday morning to extinguish any remaining hotspots. The fire was declared out.|
|Forest hydrologists working in the Little Granite vicinity on morning of July 30, found an open fire burning without an existing fire ring. Further investigation uncovered that earlier that morning a small party of people had gathered at the site and had been shooting firearms. Teton Interagency Fire Engine 3 responded to this incident and put the fire out by 1100 the same day.|
|Mosquito Fire||Teton Interagency Fire Engine 3 responded to a smoke report in the Mosquito creek drainage on Jackson Ranger district the evening of July 28th. Upon arrival at the scene the fire was actively burning in a standing dead snag in the top of the tree's crown. Fire managers were able to confirm, along with the initial attack crew, that the fire was started by a lightning strike earlier in the day. The fire was suppressed and called out July 29, 2013.|
|Shotgun Fire||This 1/10 acre fire was discovered on the Greys River Ranger District on July 27 and suppressed the same day. Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.|
|Star Fire||This 1/10 acre fire was discovered on July 24 in the Bridger Wilderness on the Pinedale Ranger District. The fire started from lightning and was declared out on July 26.|
|Circle K Fire||This 1/10 acre fire started when a generator caught a tree on fire July 23 in the Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton National Park. Firefighters suppressed the fire, which was declared out on July 24.|
|Raspberry Fire||This 1/10 acre fire was discovered late afternoon July 21 on the Big Piney Ranger District. It is burning in grass and sage and is believed to be lightning caused. Engine crews from the Pinedale Ranger Districts are suppressing the fire. The fire was declared out as of 1 pm July 23.|
|Little Fall Fire||This fire was located in Little Fall Creek of the Labarge Creek drainage on the Kemmerer Ranger District. The 1/4 acre fire was discovered early afternoon on July 21 and was lightning caused. The acreage increased to 10 acres due to more accurate mapping. Contained on July 23. Controlled as of July 24 and called out on July 28.|
|Split Rock Fire||This fire was discovered on the Buffalo Ranger District July 20 around 3 pm. final size of the fire was 2/10 acre and was determined to be a holdover from a lightning storm. The fire was called out on July 22nd|
|Jack Fire||This Lightning caused fire was discovered on the evening of July 16 on the Big Piney Ranger District. The fire burned 1/10 acre before it was suppressed.|
Gros Ventre Fire
|Two Teton Interagency Fire engine crews responded to a report of a half-acre fire on the northern boundary of the National Elk Refuge at approximately 8:30 PM on Thursday, July 11. Despite high humidity and cool evening temperatures, the Gros Ventre Fire burned quickly through dry grass and sagebrush and more actively then expected for this time of the fire season. A wetting rain on Thursday evening helped crews contain the fire shortly after 10:00 PM. The fire was controlled on Friday, July 12. The Gros Ventre Fire marks the first significant fire incident for the 2013 season, and serves as a reminder that vegetation is becoming much dryer across the greater Jackson Hole area as summer temperatures increase and humidity decreases. Fire danger is currently rated as moderate, but nearby areas, including Yellowstone National Park, have increased to a high fire danger rating. The National Weather Service is predicting the Jackson area may see temperatures near 90 degrees by next week. An interagency news release on the Gros Ventre Fire, posted on the National Elk Refuge website, offers additional information on the fire and current fire precautions.|
|Ghost Fire||A fire on the southeast shore of Boulder Lake, southeast of Pinedale, was discovered burning in heavy timber on July 10. The fire was determined to be human-caused and was suppressed by initial attack firefighters at 0.1 acres.|
|This fire on the Big Piney Ranger District was discovered late afternoon on Sunday, June 30 and is a result of lightning received the previous day. The fire is 1/4 of an acre at this time and firefighters took suppression action. They declared the fire out on July 2.|
|Lake Creek Fire||This fire on the Big Piney Ranger District was discovered late afternoon on June 30 and started from lightning the previous day. The fire was suppressed at 1/10 acre and called out on July 2.|
Beaver Mountain Fire
|The Beaver Mountain fire was called out at 7 pm on June 18. The fire is described as a spot fire which means it is relatively small in size. Three interagency firefighters responded and suppressed the fire.|
|A cigarette fire was reported beneath the gondola at Teton Village on June 18. The fire was supressed by trail crew members and was called out at 9:30 am on June 19.|
Shadow Mountain Fire
|Several small campfires were left behind after a large gathering atop Shadow Mountain on the Jackson Ranger District the evening of June 22. Irresponsible forest users left the area without ensuring the campfires were cold, wet and out. Fire staff responded on Sunday to suppress the campfires, one which had escaped the fire ring and was burning in adjacent fuels on the forest.|
Other Local Information
Maki Prescribed Fire
(Wyoming Game and Fish Department courtesy photo)