JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Days after fire danger in Yellowstone National Park was elevated to ‘HIGH,’ authorities in Grand Teton NP and the Bridger-Teton NF announced today they will follow suit.
The potential for fire activity has increased due to normal summer curing of vegetation combined with hot temperatures and dry, windy afternoons. The danger rating moves to ‘high’ but 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.
More than 40 campfires have been abandoned by visitors of 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.