County lifts partial fire restriction with wet spell

JACKSON, Wy. – Soggy enough for ya? It’s wet enough for Fire Chief Brady Hansen. He’s lifting the temporary fire restrictions put in place in Teton County barely more than a week ago.

Cooler temperatures and increased moisture experienced in the past couple of days and forecast for this week is bringing much-needed relief for fire conditions in Teton County. So much so that the Teton County Board of County Commissioners and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen have decided to lift the partial fire restrictions for the county, effective this morning.

“The rain, cooler temperatures and more rain in the forecast all have reduced the fire risk significantly enough to remove the restriction for now,” Hansen said.

The public is reminded to take the proper fire prevention precautions when: departing a campfire or bonfire, burning yard waste or rubbish, smoking, or using fuel-burning tools.

Teton County went into a partial fire restriction on Sunday, September 1, 2019, after a wildland fire burned the hillside across from the Virginian, and spread to Saddle Butte, evacuating residents in the subdivision for two nights. Warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds put conditions that week in a Red Flag Warning.

The Saddle Butte Wildland Fire started when a Mylar balloon intersected a power line, causing sparks to fall onto the grass below. The fire was 100 percent contained on Wednesday, September 4. No structures were lost and no injuries were reported in the 255-acre fire.

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