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Pole Creek Fire

Unit Information

Bridger-Teton National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Jackson, WY 83001

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Incident Contacts

Kemmerer Ranger District
Phone: 307-828-5100
Hours: M-F 8-430

Highlighted Activity

09/25/2017 Emergency Road Closure Termination Order issued September 22, 2017
TERMINATION OF ORDER Bridger-Teton National Forest Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the prohibition list in order 04-03-575, Pole Creek Fire, Emergency Road Closure, applicable to the...
Announcement - 09/25/2017

The Pole Creek Fire was discovered August 4, burning on the Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This fire is located 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY in the Hams Fork drainage.

The Emergency Road Closure has been terminated as of September 22, 2017.

This site will no longer be updated daily, only as conditions change.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 04th, 2017 approx. 01:15 PM
Location25 miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY and 28 miles southeast of Afton, WY.
Incident CommanderKemmerer District
Coordinates42.185 latitude, -110.714 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size3,600 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Mix of timber, grass, and shrub with heavy dead down components spread throughout planning and incident area. Heavy dead and down under thick sub alpine fir canopy is keeping the fire growth potential relevant.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior, smoldering.


Planned Actions

Fire will be monitored by the local unit.

Projected Incident Activity

Recent precipitation has minimized fire activity. Colder temps and more moisture in the near future will continue to minimize fire behavior.


The emergency road closure has been terminated as of September 22, 2017. Steep, rugged, limited access terrain. Area within and adjacent to fire has high concentration of bug-killed lodge pole pine trees(snags). Roads become slippery and at times impassable following heavy rains. Limited ground extraction opportunities available if injury occurs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Precipitation over the fire today, 10/5. Possibility of gusty winds in the next few days. More precipitation in the forecast.