A very high fire danger rating means that fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. When determining fire danger ratings, fire managers use several indices such as: the moisture content of grasses, shrubs and trees; projected weather conditions (including temperatures and possible wind events); the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and the availability of firefighting resources across the country. Fire managers re-evaluate the fire danger rating and restrictions as conditions change.
Know Before You Go: Hunters and other recreationists should be aware that partial fire restrictions remain in effect for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.
Partial fire restrictions include:
· Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or
using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed only at
designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or
picnic areas. Use of portable stoves and lanterns using gas,
jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, or use of a fully
enclosed sheepherder type stove with a spark arrester screen is
· Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle,
building (unless otherwise prohibited), developed recreation
site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that
is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (i.e. parking
lots, developed campsites, or locations surrounded by water).
· Operating a chainsaw is prohibited in national
parks. Operating a chainsaw on national forest lands is
permitted only when equipped with a USDA or SAE approved spark
arrester that is properly installed and in effective working
order. Operators must also carry a fire extinguisher and a
· Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives
requiring blasting caps are prohibited.
· Welding is prohibited in national parks. For
national forest locations, welding or operating acetylene or
other torch with open flame is only allowed in cleared areas of
at least 10 feet in diameter. A fire extinguisher must be at
Teton County also remains in fire restrictions, which are available at http://www.tetonwyo.org/fire.
To report a fire or smoke, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3630 or 911. For fire restriction information, please visit the Web at http://gacc.nifc.gov/egbc/dispatch/wy-tdc/index.html or www.tetonfires.com.