Jackson area fire danger raised to high

Jun 21, 2012

Fire managers in the Jackson area have raised the fire danger rating to “high” for Teton County, the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park.

National Park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs says the rating is based on a combination of high temperatures, high winds, low humidity and low moisture content in plants. She says campers need to be exceptionally careful with cigarettes, camp stoves and camp fires.

“They need to extinguish their campfires completely – needs to be cold to the touch,” Skaggs said. “They need to douse them with water, make sure that that fire is completely out before you leave the area.”

Skaggs says people face fines of 225-dollars for abandoned or unattended campfires, and if they cause a wildfire, they could be responsible for covering the costs of suppressing it.