The Tannerite Fire
scorched 1,340 acres between Boulder Lake
and Burnt Lake this weekend. Nan Stinson
confirmed on Monday morning that there was
“no new growth” on Sunday, and the fire is
now 20-percent contained.
The fire started on Saturday, Aug. 17,
around 1 p.m. on land administered by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Crews from Sublette County Unified Fire
responded to the scene first, Stinson said.
They were joined by firefighters from the
BLM, Bridger-Teton National Forest and
Grand Teton National Park.
On Monday morning, the Western Wyoming
Type III Incident Management Team
under John Ziegler took command of the fire.
Stinson told the Examiner that 101 personnel
are fighting the fire. Two helicopters are
nearby to provide air support, using water
from nearby Burnt and Boulder lakes.
On Monday, Stinson said that the strategy
was focused on securing the “eastern quarter
at the head of the fire” near the Boulder Lake
Country Estates and campground. Another
point of focus is at the northwestern edge of
the fire, where crews are working to save the
barn and hay at the elk feeding grounds.
“We have crews all the way around the fire
perimeter, though,” she said. “Their job is to
hold and improve the containment lines and
mop up heat in the fire zone – there are quite
a few areas where the heat is still burning.”
Firefighters geared up for another day of
Red Flag warning conditions on Monday,
Stinson said, with low humidity and windy
conditions expected for the afternoon.
Single-engine air tankers released retardant
on the fire over the weekend.
Stinson confirmed that no residences have
been lost in the fire as of Monday morning,
although there was one close call over the
“The fire came really close to one home,”
she said. “But the retardant (dropped by the
air tankers) kept the fire from burning the
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office ordered
evacuations of campgrounds and recreation
areas around Boulder Lake, Burnt Lake,
Meadow Lake and the Timico Trailhead
along with Boulder Lake Estates around 3:30
p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
BTNF dispatched wilderness rangers up
the trails leading from the lakes to warn backpackers
and other folks spending the weekend
in the wilderness about the fire and to escort
them out of the area if needed, Stinson said.
The Forest Service also reached out to outfitters
and guides who had parties in the area,
Stinson said that the evacuations were
lifted for the Boulder Lake area on Sunday
night, but that the trailheads and campgrounds
around Meadow Lake were still closed. As of
Monday morning, the Burnt Lake Road above
the Boulder Lake Dam remained closed.
Stinson confirmed that the fire was “human
caused” and added that law enforcement from
the BLM, BTNF and the Sheriff’s Office
were “actively investigating” the details. The
fire burned through private land, BLM and
National Forest land, a “lot of jurisdictions,”
Stinson said, requiring coordination between
Stinson reported no one had been hurt in
the fire over the weekend.
“That’s the best part – no injuries,” she
Two other fires continue to burn in BTNF.
The Skull Lake Fire high in the Bridger Wilderness
of the Wind River Range is active at
0.1 acres. The half-acre fire burning in the
Spring Creek Fire, is now under control.
The fire danger in the region remains
at “high,” and Teton Interagency Fire reports
that the number of unattended fires
discovered in the region is now 101.
Trudy Fry, a Sublette County volunteer
for Red Cross, opened a shelter Saturday, for
people who were evacuated. She said no one
checked into the facility.