JACKSON, Wyo. — Fire danger has been elevated to “moderate” for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge.

Teton Interagency Fire officials determined that the potential for fire activity has increased due to summer drying of vegetation combined with warmer and windy conditions.

A moderate fire danger rating means fires can start from most accidental causes. Unattended campfires and brush fires have potential to escape, especially on windy days, in dry, open areas.

When determining fire danger, fire managers use several indicators such as the moisture content of grasses, shrubs, trees, and dead and downed materials; projected weather conditions including temperatures and possible wind events; the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and availability of firefighting resources both locally and nationally.

There are no fire restrictions currently in place.

Last night, a storm caused a fire to start in Grand Teton National Park that may be visible southwest of Glacier View Turnout.

Wildland fire staff evaluated it and will move to suppress it this morning based on values at risk including proximity to development and sagebrush habitat.

The Sandy Fire was also discovered yesterday and is 15-acres and burning in timber on the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the Big Piney Ranger District.

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, visitors and local residents are reminded that fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, within the National Elk Refuge, or in Sublette and Teton counties in Wyoming. These fireworks regulations play a critical role in fire prevention.

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.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.