Fire danger increasing in Grand Teton National Park

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Teton Interagency Fire managers announced the fire danger has been elevated to “moderate” for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. The potential for fire activity has increased due to summer drying of vegetation combined with warmer and windy conditions.

Currently, there are no fire restrictions in place but everyone should take note of the elevated danger.

There was a fire start from the storm Tuesday night in Grand Teton National Park that may be visible southwest of Glacier View Turnout. Wildland fire staff evaluated it and moved to suppress it Wednesday morning based on values at risk including proximity to development and sagebrush habitat.

The Sandy Fire was also discovered Tuesday and is now 18-acres and burning in timber in the Cliff Creek drainage near Monument Ridge, by Sandy Creek. It is on a very steep slope and as it burns it is leaving standing, half-burned fuel in the area that is susceptible to reburning. The fire was spotting today, which means it was making smaller fires outside the main fire perimeter. The cause is under investigation, though lightning is suspected. There are no road or trail closures in effect.

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