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Contact: Denise Germann, 307.739.3393
Based on current fire conditions, federal interagency fire management partners have elevated the fire danger rating to Moderate. This rating applies in Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Fire managers consider several factors – including calculated fire indices, moisture content of various fuel types, current and expected weather trends, and fire activity – when rating the fire danger. When the fire danger is "moderate" it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days.
At campsites around the Forest and Park, 24 unattended campfires have been extinguished by rangers and firefighters so far this season.
Area visitors are reminded to be cautious when building campfires. In Grand Teton National Park, campfires are only allowed in fire grates within front country park campgrounds and in established fire rings at some designated backcountry lakeshore campsites. Within campgrounds on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, fires may only be built in fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
Unattended or abandoned campfires can escalate into wildland fires, and it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave the site. Visitors should never leave a fire unattended, and should always prepare for the unexpected by having a water bucket and shovel on hand and ready to use. Visitors are responsible for keeping fires under control.
Please visit www.tetonfires.com for the most up-to-date fire information in Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. To report a fire in either area, please call (307) 739-3630.