Fire danger increases to ‘moderate’


Teton Interagency

fire managers announce the fire danger

rating has been elevated to “moderate”

for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand

Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge and

remaining portions of the Teton Interagency

Dispatch area. The potential for fire activity

has increased due to summer curing of vegetation

combined with warmer and windy

conditions.

A moderate fire danger rating means fires

can start from most accidental causes. Unattended

campfires and brush fires have potential

to escape, especially on windy days in dry,

open areas.

When determining fire danger, fire managers

use several indicators such as the moisture

content of grasses, shrubs, trees and dead

and downed materials, projected weather

conditions including temperatures and possible

wind events, the ability of fire to spread

after ignition and availability of firefighting

resources both locally and nationally.

So far this season, there were more than 40

unattended campfires across the Teton Interagency

Dispatch area. Strong afternoon winds

are common during the past few weeks, increasing

the chances that a hot ember covered

by cooler ash at a campfire site could be exposed

and blown into nearby dry vegetation.

In locations where campfires are allowed,

fires should never be unattended and must

be completely extinguished. Simply pouring

water on the remains of a fire is not sufficient.

The charred remains must be repeatedly

doused with water and stirred into the

campfire ring. All embers and logs, not just

the red ones, should be broken up and covered

with dirt. Before leaving the area, campfire remains

must be cold to the touch.

As the Independence Day holiday approaches,

visitors and local residents alike are

reminded that fireworks are not permitted in

Grand Teton National Park, on Bridger-Teton

National Forest, within the National Elk Refuge

or in Sublette and Teton counties. These

fireworks regulations play a critical role in

fire prevention.

Visit the Teton Interagency Fire at tetonfires.

com to learn more about fire safety and

what fire regulations might be in place. To

report a fire or smoke in the immediate area,

call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center

at 307-739-3630.

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