Grand Teton National Park & Forest Fire Danger Update

The news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on July 12, 2023. You can read the original release here. Fire managers at Teton Interagency Fire have raised the fire danger rating to “moderate” for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. The combination of summer drying and warmer, windier conditions has increased the risk of fire activity. It is crucial to be cautious with campfires as accidental fires can start easily. Ensure campfires are attended, fully extinguished, and cold to the touch before leaving the area. For more information on fire safety and regulations, visit To report a fire or smoke, contact Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.

Importance of Forests & Fire Prevention

It is important for all of us to understand that forests play a crucial role in our ecosystem, providing habitat for wildlife, regulating climate, and supplying oxygen. However, wildfires pose a significant threat to forests and the communities surrounding them. Prevention measures are vital to protect these valuable resources. When making any travel plans to any of our protected areas and public lands, you will want to first visit the fire news site for updates, especially during the summer dry season when forests on fire are more frequent.

Steps to Help Prevent Forest Fires

When visiting national parks and national forests of the US, it is crucial to take measures to prevent forest fires. Here are some important steps to follow:

  1. Follow regulations: Familiarize yourself with fire regulations and restrictions in the area and adhere to them strictly.
  2. Extinguish campfires: Always fully extinguish campfires before leaving. Pour water on the fire, stir the ashes, and repeat until it is cold to the touch.
  3. Use designated fire rings or pits: If available, use designated fire rings or pits for campfires and avoid starting fires in open areas.
  4. Dispose of cigarettes properly: Never throw cigarettes or other smoking materials on the ground. Use designated smoking areas and ensure they are fully extinguished.
  5. Be cautious with outdoor cooking: If using portable stoves or grills, ensure they are placed on non-flammable surfaces and keep them away from dry vegetation.
  6. Report suspicious activities: If you notice any suspicious or potentially dangerous activities that could lead to fires, report them to park authorities.
  7. Stay on designated trails: Avoid walking on dry vegetation, as the heat from your footsteps could potentially ignite a fire.
  8. Respect fire bans: During periods of high fire danger, respect fire bans or restrictions imposed by park authorities.
  9. Be prepared: Carry a fire extinguisher, shovel, and water with you in case of emergencies.
  10. Educate yourself: Stay informed about fire safety guidelines and updates provided by park authorities and follow their recommendations.

Remember, preventing forest fires is everyone’s responsibility. By taking these measures, we can help protect our natural resources and ensure the safety of ourselves and others.

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