JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The Bridger-Teton National Forest has issued a temporary closure of the Teton Pass area to human presence to allow Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to do thorough avalanche control.\r\n\r\nThe temporary closure is necessary to provide WYDOT with a safe area clear of any recreationists to address the substantial snowpack. By doing so, the threat to Wyoming Hwy 22 is hopefully mitigated allowing for safer passage between the Jackson valley and Idaho. By closing the area to human presence, the blasting work can be accomplished with the assurance that no one will get caught in the targeted areas.\r\n\r\nThe closure is effective immediately and encompasses all of Trail Creek and Bridger-Teton National Forest to the top of the pass. on the Bridger-Teton Side in Wyoming.\r\n\r\nThis closure on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming side of the pass will remain in effect until all avalanche mitigation activity is completed. At this time, it is expected that those operations will conclude by 12:00am on Saturday, March 2.