Commissioners enact fire restrictions for Lincoln County


Marten Fire and Roosevelt Fire prompt restrictions

REMINDER: US 189-191 remains closed today between Hoback Junction and Daniel Junction because of the Roosevelt Fire. WYDOT reminds that those from southwest Wyoming traveling to Jackson will need to take an alternative route through Star Valley. (Photo by Joy Ufford/ Pinedale Roundup)

Several wildfires in Lincoln County and Sublette County prompted the Lincoln County Commissioners to sign a resolution on Friday, Sept. 21, to enact fire restrictions for the county.

The resolution refers to Wyoming Statutes 35.9.301 through 35.9.304, which give the commissioners the power to enact fire restrictions when fire danger is high.

The resolution states that the “County Fire Warden has recommended a partial fire closure and prohibition on the use of fireworks on all state and private land within Lincoln County.”

Resolution 2018-38 Fire Closure 9.21.18

The fire and area closure map for the Marten Fire in Lincoln County and the Roosevelt Fire in Sublette County. (COURTESY PHOTO / Teton Interagency Fire) 

The progression of the Marten Fire in Lincoln County. (COURTESY PHOTO / Teton Interagency Fire)

Lincoln County was joined by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, the High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management, and Teton and Sublette counties in implementing fire restrictions.

The Marten Fire in Lincoln County —which started burning on Sept. 16 in the Marten Creek drainage off the Greys River Road on the Bridger-Teton National Forest — has burned 6,475 acres acres and is 77 percent contained, as of Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Marten Fire is 13 miles east of Afton, and a Type II incident management team took command of the fire on Sept. 20. A list of current road closures can be found at tetonfires.com.

Meanwhile, the Roosevelt Fire, which started on Sept. 15 in Sublette County has become the top priority fire in the nation.

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 27, that the Roosevelt Fire has claimed more than 40 homes in the Hoback Ranches subdivision.

More than 1,000 personnel, including several planes and helicopters and a Type 1 Incident Management Team, are fighting the Roosevelt Fire, which had consumed 51,864 acres and was 35 percent contained on Thursday morning. 

Bridger-Teton firefighters and the incident management team have hosted several community meetings to inform the public about the firefighting efforts.

The Roosevelt Fire has forced the closure of U.S. Highway 189/191. More than 500 people have been evacuated as a result of the fire. Gov. Matt Mead attended a fire briefing in Bondurant on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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