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July 8, 2008 

   Roger Alexander

Wildland Fire Reported Near Rainbow Family Gathering

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that a wildland fire was reported on Monday, July 7, on public lands near the Rainbow Family Gathering in the southern Wind River Range.

The fire was reported to Teton Dispatch at about 2:15pm. Because the fire was located north of Dutch Joe Creek near the Rainbow Gathering, the decision was made to allocate numerous resources to the fire, now called the Gathering 2 Fire. Initial attack was conducted by the US Forest Service (USFS), and the size of the fire was estimated at 3.5 acres. The fire was turned over to BLM on Monday evening when it was determined that the fire was located on BLM-administered public lands.

Resources assigned to the Gathering 2 Fire included 10 engines from the USFS, BLM and Sublette County; a 20-person Type 1 crew (Snake River Hotshots), a Type 1 helicopter (heavy-lift) and a Type 3 helicopter (2-3 person crew).

No permanent structures are threatened, and there have been no injuries reported. USFS and BLM Law Enforcement Officers asked Rainbow Family Members near adjacent camps to evacuate, but no voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders were given. Containment is estimated to occur sometime Tuesday, July 8, at which time the USFS engines will be released. BLM and Sublette County crews will continue mop-up operations until the fire is controlled. 

A wildland fire investigation determined the cause to be arson. A reward may be offered for information leading to the conviction of any person for setting the fire. Anyone having information regarding this fire should call 888-358-2310.

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