Tetons, Bridger National Forest see fire danger rise

Jackson, Wyo. – Fire managers in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest have raised the fire danger rating to very high.

A combination of high temperatures, strong winds, low humidity and the potential for lightning prompted the managers to issue a so-called "red flag warning."

Ron Steffens, the fire use monitor for Grand Teton National Park near the Idaho border, says, "The very high fire danger rating reflects a seasonal drying of vegetation in the low- and mid-elevation areas.

Though the region experienced a snowy winter and wet spring, below average rainfall this summer means fire danger is rising.

Human-caused fires have been a problem in recent days, as cigarettes and campfires have sparked blazes in the area, prompting the managers to issue the warning.