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Firefighters Prepare For All Fire Day

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It has been happening every year for the past 12 years – All Fire Day; a day when firefighting resources gather to practice scenarios together and build strong working relationships.  Grand Teton National Park Fire Communication and Education Specialist Traci Weaver says this year’s event will be in the vicinity of Moran School and Post Office.  Weaver says there will be a variety of exercises for the participants.  She says it depends upon the firefighters’ interests or scenerios where they think they need some refreshing as to which track they will pursue. Weaver says participants will include units from the national park, the national forest’s north zone and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.  Weaver says the preparation this year comes at a time fire managers are concerned about the season ahead.  She say it is drier than it has been in the last couple of years but there are a lot of factors yet to come into play.  If we get rains periodically through the summer it may deter a particularly active fire season.  However, she says crews are definitely ready to deal with it if things do get bad.  She also says resources from here are being deployed to other areas already facing a challenging fire season.  Weaver says an engine from the forest and one from the park have returned from fires in New Mexico already, and once the training is complete, members of Teton Interagency Fire could be deployed to fires elsewhere as well.

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