Fire danger lowed in western Wyoming

POSTED: 02:36 PM MDT Sep 27, 2012    UPDATED: 03:13 PM MDT Sep 27, 2012 
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TETON COUNTY, Wyo. -

The fire danger in much of western Wyoming and has been lowered to “very high.”

Teton interagency fire managers made the change for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Teton County on Thursday after moderate rain fell across the area earlier in the week.

But the region is still not in the clear.

Fire officials warn that western Wyoming is still very dry and unseasonably warm. Although earlier season rains promoted plant growth, the grasses are now frost-cured and very susceptible to fire.

A very high fire danger rating means that fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger, according to a news release.

When determining fire danger ratings, fire managers use several indices such as the moisture content of grasses, shrubs and trees; projected weather conditions (including temperatures and possible wind events); the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and the availability of firefighting resources across the country. Fire managers will re-evaluate the fire danger rating and restrictions as conditions change.

Hunters and other recreationists should be aware that partial fire restrictions remain in effect for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.

Partial fire restrictions include the following:

Teton County is also implementing fire restrictions, which are available at http://www.tetonwyo.org/fire.

To report a fire or smoke, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at (307) 739.3630 or 911. For fire restriction information, see http://gacc.nifc.gov/egbc/dispatch/wy-tdc/index.html or http://www.tetonfires.com.