Fire danger now increased to high

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Fire

danger has increased to “high” for the

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand

Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge

and the rest of the Teton Interagency

Dispatch Area.

Recent hot temperatures and regular

afternoon winds have created dry forest

conditions. With little to no forecasted

rain in the coming weeks, fire activity

is expected to increase. Three wildfires

have been detected last week, with the

Box Creek Fire remaining active in the

Teton Wilderness as of July 29.

A high fire danger rating means that

fires can start easily and spread quickly.

When determining fire danger, fire

managers use several indicators such as

the moisture content of grasses, shrubs

and trees. They also look at projected

weather conditions including temperatures

and possible wind events, the ability

of fire to spread after ignition and

availability of firefighting resources locally

and across the nation.

There are no fire restrictions currently

in place, but it is important to be aware

of the increased risk and take extra care

when building campfires, parking on dry

grass or recreating outdoors.

Visitors and local residents are reminded

that unattended or abandoned

campfires can easily escalate into wildfires.

This year, there have already been

more than 83 abandoned campfires

reported in the Teton Interagency Dispatch

area. Campers should be prepared

with plenty of water and a shovel on

hand.

As a reminder, simply pouring water

on a fire is not sufficient. Most of the

reported unattended fires found by fire

personnel involve smoldering logs and

white ash, which can easily spread embers

when stirred by a breeze or gust of

wind. Campers need to drown campfires

with plenty of water and then stir

the coals, repeating as necessary. Before

leaving the area, the campfire should be

cold to the touch. Campers need to be

aware they could be held liable for suppression

costs if their campfire becomes

a wildfire.

Visit the Teton Interagency Fire website

at tetonfires.com to learn more about

current fires, fire safety and any fire regulations

that may be in place. To report a

fire or smoke, call the Teton Interagency

Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.

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