The following is a news release from the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Western WY— The fire danger rating for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton Interagency Dispatch Area has increased to high. The potential for fire activity has increased due to normal summer curing of vegetation combined with hot temperatures and dry, windy afternoons. There are no fire restrictions in place at this time.
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; projected weather conditions including temperatures and possible wind events; the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and availability of firefighting resources across the country.
Visitors and local residents are reminded that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires; therefore, it is important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a site. Campers and day users should have a shovel on hand and a water bucket ready for use.
Visitors have abandoned over 40 campfires in Grand Teton National Park or Bridger-Teton National Forest so far this summer. Campers should be mindful that they could be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire. Everyone should know the risks, exercise caution, and practice heightened fire safety at all times.
Visit the Teton Interagency Fire web site at tetonfires.com to learn more about fire safety and what fire regulations may be in place. To report a fire or smoke in the immediate area, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307.739.3630.