Land management agencies will take advantage of cooling temperatures and wet weather this month to set fire to brush piles and prescribed burn areas before winter sets in.
In Grand Teton National Park, Teton Interagency Fire personnel will burn vegetation from fuel reduction projects along Signal Mountain Road and Pacific Creek Road. The projects, underway for the last few years, resulted in teepee-like piles of tree limbs, dead wood and brush that have cured for a year and now are ready to burn. Crews will also burn piles elsewhere throughout the park where debris from felled trees, and trail and road maintenance have piled up.
On the Bridger-Teton National Forest, firefighters will carry out prescribed burning on the Taylor Mountain unit, a roughly 130-acre area about 8 miles south of Wilson.
The goal is to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading into the wildland-urban interface, including the Highland Hills and Hidden Hills subdivisions adjacent to the burn site.
Operations are dependent on weather, with firefighters working only under low-risk conditions, making it uncertain exactly when burns will take place.
They’ll also aim for wind patterns that disperse the smoke favorably. Nevertheless, officials note that smoke may be visible and may linger for a few days.
Signs in Grand Teton will alert drivers of the burning.