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Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
On Wednesday, July 16, a Teton Interagency fire effects crew will conclude the major portion of a fuels reduction project on the Signal Mountain Summit Road in Grand Teton National Park. Beginning 4 p.m. Wednesday, this auxiliary park road will reopen for unrestricted public access, seven days a week.
Fuels reduction work will continue away from the immediate roadway, therefore visitors traveling to the summit of Signal Mountain should be alert for fire trucks and the fire crew working in the area and drive with extra caution.
This fuels reduction project has been underway since mid-June, requiring a road closure for public safety from Tuesday through Thursday each week. During the past month, the Teton Interagency fire effects crew removed accumulations of dead and downed trees, limbs and other forest debris adjacent to the Signal Mountain Summit Road with a goal to increase the ability to protect communication structures and equipment located on the Signal Mountain summit, and to better enable public safety in the event of a wildfire in this area of the park.
Fuels reduction projects are addressed in Grand Teton National Park's Fire Management Plan. For further information, visit online at http://www.nps.gov/grte/parkmgmt/fireplans.htm.
Grand Teton National Park and Teton Interagency fire managers appreciate the understanding and patience of those affected by the mid-day closures during this substantial fuels reduction project.