Cooler weather and moisture has relieved the valley of the high fire risks it had been experiencing. Teton County lifted partial fire restrictions this week while Yellowstone National Park reduced its fire danger level from high to moderate.
The Teton County Board of County Commissioners and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen decided Tuesday morning to lift the partial fire restrictions that had been in place for the county since Sept. 1, when a fire burned the hillside across from the Virginian. The fire spread over the hill to Saddle Butte, forcing that subdivision’s residents to evacuate for two nights. Warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds put conditions that week in a Red Flag Warning.
“The rain, cooler temperatures and more rain in the forecast all have reduced the fire risk significantly enough to remove the restriction for now,” Hansen said in a press release.
On Monday, Yellowstone’s fire danger level was lowered to moderate. The fire danger level had been rated as high since Aug. 19, and is reportedly the only time that the fire danger level has been high the entire summer.
Fires in Yellowstone are permitted but only within fire rings at campgrounds.
According to Yellowstone’s website there are still four active fires in the park: Pollux, Wyodaho, Brimstone and Whab.
Officials said it was still important for the public to take proper fire precautions when departing a campfire or bonfire; burning yard waste or rubbish; smoking; and using cars, tools and other combustion engines.