Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project continues today along Phillips Ridge

JACKSON, Wyo. — Today, the next phase of the Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project on the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest begins on Phillips Ridge.

Throughout the next month, contractors are set to cut trees and stack woody debris to minimize fire hazards in proximity to the powerline road, the Snotel and Phillips Ridge trails.

To provide for public safety and allow contractors to complete the tree cutting as quickly as possible, temporary closures will be in effect for small portions of the Snotel and Phillips Ridge Trails. Please respect temporary trail closures between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and do not enter the work zone if these areas are posted closed for your safety.

Phillips Ridge - Wilderness
Fuels reduction involves controlled burns to reduce hazardous fuel loading that has built up in the forests over the years. Photo: USFS

The reduction in hazardous fuel loading within the Phillips Ridge area will aid in modifying potential fire behavior by reducing a fire’s opportunity to get in the forest canopy and lowering the chance of fire impacting communities and recreation use areas.

Benefits from fuels reduction include removing dead and down vegetation, reducing small-diameter trees which serve as ladder fuels that carry fire from the ground to the tree canopy, and increasing tree crown spacing by opening the tree canopy to limit potential fire spread by crown fire. Through these efforts, we create more fire adaptive communities and reduce the risk and cost of fire suppression during an unwanted fire within the wildland-urban interface.

The project area is within the wildland-urban interface as defined by the 2014 Teton County Wildfire Protection Plan as communities at risk of wildfire. Maps of the project are posted at trailhead areas and on the web at tetonfires.com. For more information call 307-739-5425. To find out about other projects on the Bridger-Teton National Forest click here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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