Teton Interagency Fire managers have announced that the fire danger rating has now been elevated to ‘Very High’ for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and National Elk Refuge. Bridger Teton National Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says with exceptionally dry conditions, local residents and visitors alike should practice heightened fire safety at all times. Cernicek says a fire danger rating of ‘Very High’ means that fires can start easily, spread quickly and burn intensely She says when determining fire danger ratings, fire officials evaluate several factors such as: the moisture content of grasses, shrubs and trees; projected weather conditions; the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and the availability of fire-fighting resources.. She points out that recent hot temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions have combined to increase the potential for intense fire activity across the Teton Interagency fire area. Cernicek says that Teton Interagency fire personnel have had to extinguish a near record number of 125 unattended or abandoned campfires this summer: campfires that can quickly escalate into wildfires. Cernicek says it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave their site. She also urges anyone recreating or traveling through the region to be alert and quickly report any suspicious smoke they might see in the landscape around them.