Interagency Fire Management
The Jackson Hole Area of northwestern Wyoming includes Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge, Teton County and the town of Jackson. In this western community, fire management has become a true interagency, multi-jurisdictional partnership protecting nearly five million acres. Since many public and private buildings are surrounded by or adjacent to large tracts of public lands, fire managers disregard established boundaries to jointly manage wildland fires.
Coordinated Initial Attack
Fire Management Administration
National Fire Plan
Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, with local town and county fire departments and state resource agencies, have created a model program that demonstrates the benefits of extensive partnering. Although the National Fire Plan initiated interagency efforts, years of hard work and determination by Teton area fire personnel set the stage.
Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition
The organization's membership is comprised of local land management agencies, land trust and conservation organizations, and contractors directly involved in wildland fire protection projects as well as citizens who represent the interests of the community. Meetings are open to the public.
The coalition's work goes hand in hand with the guidelines established for the National Fire Plan, enacted in 2001, which provides funding to better plan and prepare for wildland fire, particularly for mitigating risk in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas. The National Fire Plan laid the foundation for a long-term program of work to reduce hazardous fuels, restore health to fire-adapted ecosystems, and promote community assistance. Collaboration at the local, regional, and national levels are key to the National Fire Plan's implementation strategy.
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.