PINEDALE — No serious injuries were reported by Sublette County Unified Fire (SCUF) which responded to two structure fires that ignited over the past several days in the Binning Ranch Road and the Hoback Ranches areas.
The Hoback Ranches fire started Friday morning at approximately 3:40 a.m. when SCUF crews were dispatched to the report of a potential fire in a chimney at a residence on Chippewaugh Lane.
Several fire fighters live in the area and realized that access to the residence was limited to snow machines and tracked off road vehicles. They were first on scene responding directly to provide for occupant safety while attempting to determine the extent of the fire with the resources they had on hand.
Fire apparatus from other SCUF battalions were staged at a nearby parking lot while firefighters continued utilizing snow machines and
off-road vehicles to assist in evacuating occupants to a safe area and for transportation to Sublette County EMS units staged nearby to provide for patient and responder care.
Sublette County Emergency Management, Search and Rescue and Road and Bridge Departments all assisted with providing a snowcat for better patient care and working to clear the road of snow and ice for better access for emergency responders.
Two of the six building occupants were transported to St. John’s hospital for treatment and observation resulting from smoke inhalation but were released shortly after admission.
The cause was determined to be an accidental electrical fire originating within a wall of the home. The fire spread through the wall to the rest of the home causing heavy smoke that set off smoke detectors that ultimately alerted the occupants of the fire.
This notification was critical for the occupants to vacate the home in a timely manner. While the home and one other adjacent outbuilding was ultimately lost to the fire, all occupants were safe and accounted for thanks to the smoke alarm activation and timely response by all parties.
Binning Ranch Road, Monday, April 5
At approximately 3:30 a.m. SCUF crews was paged out to a structure fire in progress at 601 Binning Ranch Road.
Multiple SCUF battalions were paged to assist with suppression activities which included setting up a water supply shuttle operation due to the property distance from any hydrants. The fire was reported by an on-duty Sublette County Sherriff’s deputy who located the fire after seeing the glow off in the distance.
The fire was found to be at an unoccupied bunkhouse. Defensive fire tactics were used due to the progression of the fire in the structure to protect other nearby exposures. Ultimately the fire was contained to the perimeter of the bunkhouse.
At the time of this release, the cause of the fire is still undetermined.