Fire restrictions eased in county, surrounding forest

JACKSON, Wyo. — Bridger-Teton National Forest managers have rescinded the Stage 1 Fire Restriction Order effective at noon today, October 13.

Cooler, wetter weather prompted the adjustment but officials caution that fire danger remains HIGH across much of the forest.

The lifting of fire restrictions means campfires are now allowed.

“Even though we are experiencing cooler temperatures and received some moisture over the area, visitors still need to be careful with their fires,” said Josh Erickson, deputy fire management officer of the Bridger-Teton NF.

Across the Teton Interagency Dispatch area there have been 250 unattended or abandoned fires found so far in 2020; 62 of those in areas where the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibited them altogether.

Additionally, 30 human-caused wildfires required a response from area firefighters and aviation resources. Most of those were escaped campfires or warming fires that resulted in 110 acres of public land burned to date.

As we wait for a ‘season ending’ weather event to bring the 2020 wildfire season to a close, please remember these basic fire prevention messages:

  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Select your campfire location carefully, free from overhanging trees, and clear of grass and brush
  • Fires should be avoided on windy days.
  • When in dispersed camping areas only use pre-existing campfire rings, do not create new rings.
  • Never park on tall dry grass.
  • Keep your fire small, this will reduce the risk of spots and make it easier to put out.
  • Drown, stir, and feel until your fire is cold to the touch before leaving
  • Exploding targets are illegal on public lands.

“Thank you to the public and our visitors for using extra precaution during the fire restriction period and please remember that a lower fire danger does not mean no fire danger,” said Andy Norman, forest fuels specialist.

Partial fire ban lifted for Teton County

The county as well responded to cooler weather with a similar announcement. The Teton County Board of County Commissioners today voted to lift the partial fire ban for Teton County per Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen’s request.

“The moisture and cooler temperatures have reduced the fire risk significantly enough to remove the restriction,” 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; and utilizing cars, tools, and other combustion engines.

Teton County went into a partial fire restriction on August 25, 2020 due to the elevated number of regional wildland fires, conducive weather conditions, decreased available firefighting resources, and the status of partner agencies and lands.

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