The fire danger rating in Teton County, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park has been elevated now to moderate. When the fire danger is “moderate” it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. Still, that doesn’t mean outdoor recreationists should not be conscientious their use of fire.
If a warming fire or campfire is a part of the outdoor experience, campers or picnickers should be sure it is dead out before leaving the site or retiring for the night. That means dousing it with plenty of water and feeling the coals with ones’ hand to assure they are cold. The Teton Interagency Fire Crews report they have already had to extinguish six unattended campfires this week. Also, visitors should be aware of what residents already know: the use of fireworks is illegal anywhere in Teton County – not just the National Park or National Forest.