Tannerite Fire 20-percent contained

Bridger-Teton National Forest photo A single-engine air tanker attacks flames burning between Boulder and Burnt lakes on Saturday.

Boulder Estates and campgrounds evacuated Saturday

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

weekend.

“The fire came really close to one home,”

she said. “But the retardant (dropped by the

air tankers) kept the fire from burning the

house.”

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,

she added.

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

agencies.

Stinson reported no one had been hurt in

the fire over the weekend.

“That’s the best part – no injuries,” she

said.

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.

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