JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2014 Heavy snows and a somewhat soggy spring should mean a delightful greenup headed into summer this season. But healthy growth now could spell elevated wildfire risk later in the summer when grasses cure and fuels begin to dry out.\r\n\r\nAlready, Jackson Hole Fire\/EMS has been called out on a wildland fire. Yesterday afternoon, firefighters responded to a grassfire north of town along Spring Gulch Road.\r\n\r\nThe fire reportedly escaped from a ditch burning process, and resulted in approximately 26 acres of charred grassland.\u00a0Local rancher Russ Lucas finished burning around noon, but afternoon winds kicked up shortly after and the fire moved into a field heavy with last year\u2019s dead grass.\r\n\r\n\u201cSunday was warm and dried out this dead grass,\u201d noted Fire Marshal Kathy Clay. \u201cLast year\u2019s bed of fine fuels in the form of dead grass makes for a very receptive fire bed which can easily spread.\u00a0Once the fire got into this dried grass, the afternoon winds pushed it around the field.\u201d\r\n\r\nFire crews focused on saving stacked hay rounds and building a perimeter firebreak around the spreading grassfire.\r\n\r\nResponse included Bridger-Teton Forest crews and Grand Teton National Park personnel.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe greatly appreciate the assistance from our interagency partners on events like this grassfire,\u201d commented Chief Brady Hansen.\u00a0\u201cOur combined experience in wildland fire helps keep our people safe and provide the best response possible.\u201d\r\n\r\nCrews mopped up and left the scene around 6:00pm.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe blaze is a good reminder to be careful with open fire and mindful of what this season may bring.\r\n\r\nPlease remember to call in all controlled burns to Teton County Sheriff Dispatch (307) 733-2331. Burn only on calm days, have a way to put your fire out, and expect afternoon winds to increase.\r\n\r\nAny questions should on controlled burns should be directed to Fire Marshal Kathy Clay at (307) 733-4732.