WILSON, WY – As work continues on the Phillips Ridge Trail within the Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project area, the trail will temporarily close between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until the project is completed.
Starting July 15, contractors will be thinning trees within the identified areas (see map below). Visitors can expect crews working with chainsaws, felling trees, and stacking woody debris along the north end of the trail moving south as the work progresses.
Fire staff would like to remind mountain bikers and visitors to be watchful of falling trees and operational hazards near and around the Phillips Ridge Trail area. Please approach the fuels work zone slowly and cautiously. Visitors should respect temporary trail closures and refrain from entering into the work zone if these areas area posted “Closed for Safety.” If you hear chainsaws running, ensure you are not in the felling area or in harm’s way. Anyone in the vicinity should try to make visual contact with the workers before passing through the work area.
Trail users visiting outside of trail closures will be traveling at their own risk as conditions along the trail may be changing.
The purpose of the Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project is to meet the goals of being a good neighbor through Firewise practices for homes and neighborhoods adjacent to public land in support of fire adaptive communities. The project will also facilitate the reduction of risk and cost of fires suppression during a wildfire within the wildland-urban interface area.
The project also provides managers the necessary protection areas and zones to meet the legal obligations to protect the wilderness character within the Palisades Wilderness Study Area by:
- Improving firefighter and public safety; reducing expected fire flame length to less than 4 feet and reducing the potential for crown fires adjacent to private lands.
- Reducing wildland fire spread potential to and from the National Forest System, State and private lands.
- Increasing the probability that managers can respond to natural fires starts using tactics that have less impact on the land and allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystems processes.
The project area is within the Wildland Urban Interface as defined by the 2014 Teton County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) as communities at risk of wildfire. Maps of the project are posted at trailhead areas and on the web at tetonfire.com. For more information please contact Andy Hall at 307-739-5425.