News July 9, 2015

Fire Danger Drops to ‘Moderate’

by Jackson Hole. Media


Campers and Hunters Reminded to Remain Vigilant 

A Message from Harrison Ford


Recent rains received throughout the Teton Interagency Fire area have resulted in the fire danger dropping to ‘Moderate.’

Teton Interagency Fire area, which includes Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, as well as Lincoln, Sublette, and Teton counties.

Fires can still start easily during ‘Moderate’ fire danger. Forest visitors are reminded not to become complacent with fire while recreating on public lands. Campfires always need to be cold to the touch before leaving them.

In Grand Teton National Park, wood and/or charcoal fires are allowed at picnic areas and campgrounds as long as they are limited to established fire pits or fire grates. Fires in the backcountry are allowed only in established fire rings at lakeshore campsites and must be attended at all times. Permits are required to camp in any of the park’s backcountry sites.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest also allows wood and/or charcoal campfires in backcountry locations in established fire rings only. Camping permits are not required for private parties using the backcountry in the national forest areas.  

All park visitors and forest users are required to attend their campfires at all times. Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildland fires. Additionally, only dead and down wood may be used as firewood in both the forest and park. These regulations are in place to provide for human safety, to protect personal property and to preserve the area’s natural resources.

While recent rains have reduced fire activity levels, long-term drought conditions continue to persist, and the fire danger rating could be elevated again if conditions change.

Consult  to find the most up-to-date fire information for these areas. To report a fire please call (307) 739-3630.


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