August 7 - Local Wildfire Update

Residents of western Wyoming continue to see plenty of smoke rising from three wildfires across that part of the state.  The Gunbarrel wildfire has burned over 35,000 acres in the Shoshone National Forest about 35-40 miles west of Cody.  The North Fork Highway, US Highway 14/16/20, has been threatened by the fire as have several guest lodges in the area.  The highway remains open, but traffic delays have occurred as a pilot car leads travelers through the impacted region.  Cloud cover and increased humidity has resulted in less active fire behavior over the past couple of days.

Another large fire, the New Fork Lakes wildfire about 19 miles north of Pinedale, has torched over 12,000 acres, but is 55% percent contained.  This fire has forced the closure of several popular trails in the Bridger Wilderness and Bridger-Teton National Forest.  The LeHardy wildfire in Yellowstone National Park has consumed nearly 10,000 acres.  However, this fire is not impacting visitor services and popular destinations in the park remain open.

Stay tuned to forecasts from the Riverton National Weather Serivce office for information on watches or warnings.   You can also stay current with the location, size, and percent of containment for all active fires across Wyoming using the links below.

National Incident Management Situation Report(.pdf)
National Fire News
Incident Information System
Wyoming Active Fire Map from MODIS

Fire Weather Forecast information can be found at:

Red Flag Warnings / Fire Weather Watches
National Weather Service Riverton Fire Weather Forecast
National Weather Service National Fire Page

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