Fire Danger Increases to Moderate with Shortage of Early Summer Moisture
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
A scarcity of early summer moisture combined with the recent Antelope Fire near the base of Shadow Mountain, the first significant wildfire of the 2014 season, has prompted Teton Interagency fire managers to increase the fire danger rating to moderate for the greater Jackson Hole area. A moderate rating means that fires start easily and spread at a moderate speed and intensity from most causes (accidental or natural). On windy days, fires will burn briskly and spread rapidly in open-cured grassland and dead understory fuels in aspen groves and pine forests.
Teton Interagency firefighters suppressed the Antelope Fire on Saturday, June 7th, but only after it had easily grown to nine acres in a short period of burning. Fire crews continue to work on hot spots and will monitor the Antelope Fire. It has been controlled, but not declared out. The ignition source was determined to be human-caused and is under investigation.
Interagency firefighters have already tended to nearly 25 abandoned campfires this year.
As the Fourth of July approaches, visitors and local residents alike are reminded that fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, in Teton or Sublette counties, and on Wyoming state lands. It is crucial that everyone comply with this regulation, especially given the drying conditions and warmer temperatures throughout the greater Jackson Hole area.
Along with the fireworks prohibition on public and county lands, campers are reminded that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires. Campers and day users should never leave a fire unattended, and always have a shovel on hand and a water bucket ready for use. All campfires must be completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a site.
With the already active fire season across the country, local residents and visitors should exercise extra caution and practice heightened fire safety at all times. Area residents and visitors are requested to report a fire or smoke by calling 911 or Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307.739.3630.
For more fire information, please visit www.tetonfires.com.