Fire danger on BTNF raised to HIGH
No campfire restrictions in effect
July 18, 2006
The Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park raised their fire danger rating from Moderate to HIGH on Tuesday, prompted by continued hot, dry conditions.
Another small lightning-started fire popped up near Arizona Lake in the Teton Wilderness Area. This fire is believed to have started last Wednesday, around July 12th. Fire managers are allowing the Pilgrim Fire to burn for resource benefit. This fire is approximately 0.1 acre in size. The blaze is located just over a mile northeast of Arizona Lake and 2-miles northwest of Pilgrim Mountain. The fire is burning in timbered fuels and putting up smoke that is visible to visitors of Grand Teton National Park.
Fire managers consider several factors – including moisture content of various fuel types, current and expected weather trends, available fire-fighting resources, and local fire activity – when establishing or increasing the fire danger.
Currently there are no fire restrictions in place in either the Bridger-Teton National Forest or Grand Teton National Park. Interagency fire managers are looking at the conditions in and around the area, and coordinating with other neighboring agencies on the need for fire restrictions in the future.
For more online information on the Pilgrim Fire, or other fires in the area, visit www.tetonfires.com or www.inciweb.org.
Information is also available by calling the Bridger-Teton National Forest Fire Information Hotline at 307-739-5577.