With dry conditions in the valley, JH Fire/EMS ask residents to prepare accordingly

JACKSON, Wyo. — Due to dry conditions in the valley, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is taking added measures to get the message out about wildland fires this summer.

“We cannot prevent a fire from a lightning strike,” said Fire Chief Brady Hansen, “but we can together prevent human fire events by making sure all open burns, including campfires, are controlled and completely extinguished by the end of the day.”

Currently, the Town of Jackson and Teton County are not in burn restrictions. Authorities are monitoring the moisture content of fuels – grasses and trees – and will determine when moisture contents get low enough to trigger burn restrictions.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has recently received support from the Town and County to hire a wildland-urban interface coordinator, order four new wildland fire trucks, and train more firefighters to higher certification levels for wildland firefighting.

JH Fire/ EMS encourages residents to prepare for the possibility of wildland fires due to current dry conditions in the valley. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

Fire Marshal Kathy Clay recommends that homeowners begin to prepare for wildland fire season by having important papers and items ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation, and by taking mitigation measures around the home.

“Pay special attention to the first five feet around your home,” said Clay. “It should be clear of combustible items such as decorative wood bark, dry grasses, leaf matter and other combustible materials, and things like stacked wood should be brought inside during wildland fire season.”

Many other preventative measures can be taken, and homeowners can be directed to helpful resources on the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS website here.

The public is also encouraged to sign-up for Nixle by texting TETON_WY to 888777 or by visiting www.nixle.com, to receive evacuation alert notices, should an evacuation be necessary due to a wildland fire.

“Whether you are on private or public property, we all need to work together during this dry summer to ensure wildland fires can be prevented,” said Clay.

For more information, contact the Community Risk Reduction Team at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS at 307-733-4732 or visit the Teton Interagency Fire website 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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