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Fire Danger Rating Goes High

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Federal and local fire authorities have elevated the fire rating in Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and throughout Teton County now to “high” as hot, dry weather continues.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Tracy Weaver explains that fire managers in Teton Interagency Fire elevate the fire danger based on several indices; such asthe moisture content in the grasses, shrubs and trees, projected weather conditions, temperature and humidity, wind and the availability of firefighting resources across the country. She says Teton Interagency Fire personnel have responded to 102 abandoned campfires already this fire season. Fire education and prevention technicians everywhere face the challenge of getting people to understand the seriousness of their actions when it comes to unattended or abandoned campfires.  Weaver points out that those abandoning their campfires can face a fine of $225 plus the cost of suppression if it spreads into a wildfire.

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