Fire Restrictions lifted on Public Lands
Fire danger lowered to Moderate
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
August 7, 2007
b>Interagency fire managers announced that partial fire restrictions will be lifted effective Wednesday, August 8, in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. With recent precipitation, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity levels, the fire danger rating has been reduced to “Moderate.”
In Grand Teton National Park, wood and/or charcoal fires are allowed at picnic areas and campgrounds as long as they are limited to established fire pits or fire grates. Fires in the backcountry are allowed only in established fire rings at lakeshore campsites and must be attended at all times. Permits are required to camp in any of the park's backcountry sites.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest also allows wood and/or charcoal campfires in backcountry locations in established fire rings only. Camping permits are not required for private parties using the backcountry in the national forest areas.
All park visitors and forest users are required to attend their campfires at all times. Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildland fires. It is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave the site. Additionally, only dead and down wood may be used as firewood in both the forest and park. These regulations are in place to provide for human safety, to protect personal property and to preserve the area's natural resources.
Although the partial fire restrictions have been lifted, park visitors and forest users are reminded to be especially cautious when using fire. While recent rains have reduced fire activity levels, long-term drought conditions continue to persist, and fire restrictions could be reinstated if conditions change.
Consult www.tetonfires.com to find the most up-to-date fire information for these areas. To report a fire in either area, call (307) 739-3630.