Fire risk rising

Due to the current dry conditions in the valley, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is taking added measures to get the message out about wildland fires this summer. Fire Chief Brady Hansen points out, “We cannot prevent a fire from a lightning strike, but together we can prevent human fire events by making sure all open burns, including campfires, are controlled and completely extinguished by the end of the day.” Currently, the Town of Jackson and Teton County are not in burn restrictions.

Authorities are monitoring the moisture content of fuels, like grasses and trees, and will determine when moisture contents get low enough to trigger burn restrictions. Fire Marshal Kathy Clay recommends that homeowners begin to prepare for wildland fire season by having important papers and items ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation, and by taking measures to create defensible space around the home.

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