The United States Forest Service in Wyoming has updated some new information regarding two fires burning on the western side of the state. The Marten Fire is burning 13 miles east of Afton, and the Roosevelt Fire is burning just south of the community of Boundurant.
Sublette County Emergency Management said that the Rolling Thunder and Jim Bridger Estates in Merna have been evacuated. Residents in Upper Hoback have also been evacuated due to the Roosevelt Fire.
Emergency shelters are open at the LDS church in Pinedale on North Street, and limited RV space is available at the Sublette County Fairgrounds.
You can follow more updates on the Sublette County Emergency Management Facebook page.
Statement from U.S. Forest Service:
Especially dry conditions with recent warm temperatures and windy conditions have contributed to several fires burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Teton Interagency fire fighters and a variety of resources are responding to the fires. Some forest closures are being implemented for public safety and the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for the Upper Hoback area.
The Marten Fire was discovered Sunday, September 16, on the Greys River Ranger District south of Corral Creek, 13 miles east of Afton, Wyoming. Initial aerial reconnaissance estimates the fire to be approximately 3,500 acres. Fire personnel evacuated campers from the area Sunday evening. Western Wyoming’s Type 3 Incident Management Team will take over management of the fire early Tuesday morning. The Greys River Road #10138 is currently closed from North Three Forks to the Cazier/Corral Guard Station.
The Roosevelt Fire, burning on the Big Piney Ranger District south of Bondurant, Wyoming, and is currently estimated to be 5,000 acres. The fire is burning in heavy timber and steep rugged terrain. It is located in the Upper Hoback River drainage. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will begin management of the fire early Tuesday morning.
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is implementing evacuations for private property in the Upper Hoback area. For more information contact the sheriff’s office at 307-367-4378 option 6, or visit Sublette County Sheriff”s Office and Sublette County Emergency Management respective Facebook pages. Sublette County is working with the American Red Cross for possible assistance.
The forest has implemented an emergency area and trail closure due to the Roosevelt Fire. The closure includes all National Forest System lands within the area described as follows,”The northern boundary of Highway 189/191 beginning at Lime Creek, southeast to The Rim, following the Forest Boundary west then south to Tripod Hill, then west along FS Road 10359 to FS Road 10143, then southwest along Trail 049 to Lookout Mountain, then northwest to Deadman Lookout, then north to the end of Little Greys Forest Road 10047, then along the Wyoming Range Trail 048, then north along the Jackson/Big Piney District boundary to Clause Peak and Ramshom Peak, and back to Lime Creek.” This closure may be expanded as necessary.
The Rimrock Fire was discovered Monday morning by a Teton Interagency Helicopter while enroute to the Martin Fire and is estimated at a half acre in size. This fire is located near Ramshorn Peak on the Big Piney Ranger District burning in grass and dead and down fuel. Helitack firefighters are suppressing the fire. Cause of the fire is suspected to be an abandoned warming fire. There are no closures associated with this fire.
The Spider Fire is located on the Pinedale Ranger District in the Bridger Wilderness. It is approximately two acres and was reported on Saturday, September 15. It is located near Bald Mountain Basin burning in a sparse patch of timber and grass. Fire is smoldering and creeping. There are no closures associated with this fire.
The Lead Creek Fire was reported Friday, September 14, four miles west of Sherman Guard Station on the Big Piney Ranger District. The fire is burning in grass, sage and some timber. The fire is 2/10 of an acre. Fire fighters took suppression actions and the fire is currently controlled.
Fire danger for the Bridger-Teton National Forest is very high. For more information, visit www.TetonFires.com.