The fire threat has increased to high
2 mins read

The fire threat has increased to high

The fire threat has increased to high

Press release date: July 9, 2024

Contact: Jeremy Barnum, 307.739.3428

Western Wyoming – Teton Interagency Fire managers have raised the fire danger assessment to high for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge, effective Tuesday, July 9.

The forecast calls for warmer, drier weather. Visitors shouldn’t be fooled by how green the landscape is. Dead and fallen wood and fuel are now sources of fire, prompting fire managers to raise the fire danger level.

A high fire danger rating means that fires can start easily and spread quickly. Fire managers use several indicators to determine fire danger, including the moisture content of grasses, shrubs and trees; forecasted weather conditions, including temperatures and possible wind events; the ability of a fire to spread once ignited; and the availability of firefighting resources across the country.

Public land users can prevent forest fires by not lighting fires and by wearing warm layers of clothing.

Fire managers advise that recreationists exercise caution if they decide to light and maintain a fire. In areas where campfires are permitted, campfires should never be left unattended and must be completely extinguished before leaving. Unattended or abandoned campfires and warming fires can quickly escalate into wildfires, and recreationists could be held liable for the costs of extinguishing them if their campfire becomes a wildfire.

All campers and day users should have a shovel and bucket of water on hand ready to use if they decide to build a fire. Soak, stir, feel, repeat. It is extremely important that all fires are “out” and cool to the touch before leaving.

Visit the Teton Interagency Fire website at TetonFires.com to learn more about fire safety and fire codes that may apply. To report a fire or smoke in your immediate area, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307.739.3630.