Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen, acting as Fire Warden for Teton County, requested that the Board of Commissioners approve temporary fire restrictions for the unincorporated areas of Teton County at a special meeting this morning.
Fire danger is currently set at “VERY HIGH” due to extremely dry vegetation, critical fire weather conditions, and other factors. The Board of Commissioners approved the restrictions, effective today, prohibiting open fires, with the following stipulations:
- Trash or refuse fires are permitted between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am, inside containers with maximum ¼ inch screen spark arresters and located within a cleared area ten feet in radius
- Campfires contained within an established fire ring at an established campground are permitted
- Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted
- Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted
- Propane or open fire branding activities in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted
- Use of home fire pits and bowls are permitted, so long as used with maximum ¼ inch screen spark arresters
- Current Teton County Board of Commissioners Resolution 13-027, banning fireworks pursuant to W.S. 35-10-202, remains in effect.
Teton County officials are working cooperatively with federal partners at Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest to coordinate fire restriction efforts. As specific restrictions may differ between jurisdictions (Teton County, GTNP, BTNF), Teton County residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to monitor the Teton Interagency Fire website, which provides information on current restrictions, as well as updates on area wildfires.
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS can be reached at 307-733-4732.