Jackson Hole Fire/EMS continues to respond to calls involving illegal burning in back yards or on property around the county at a time the fire danger has dictated a ban on fires here. Fire Marshal Kathy Clay explains it’s because an errant spark could quickly develop into a rapidly-spreading wildfire. She says no burning is permitted in the town of Jackson; and if you are outside of the town of Jackson, there is a fire ban there as well. She adds that people need to understand that just a little bit of rain is not enough to help us through these conditions of a very dry summer. Clay says much to the disappointment of some residents, this may include fires in a back yard conversation pit, unless you have a container that is a manufactured outdoor fireplace, an outdoor fireplace that’s a free-standing fireplace made of stone, concrete block, ceramic or other non-combustible materials with an enclosed burn chamber and a screened opening and a spark arrester on the chimney. Even then, she says, it must be approved first by the fire department. Clay says until we get significant rainfall, the ban on open fires remains in effect.