Fourth of July Fireworks

All of the fireworks displays planned for the Fourth of July in Teton County have been canceled due to high fire danger.

The Fourth of July fireworks in Teton County are canceled.

The county announced the decision Friday afternoon after concern about fire danger mounted in the past week. The decision applies to both the fireworks at Snow King Mountain and Teton Village.

The area’s fire danger was elevated to “very high” Wednesday, and the area is experiencing a drought. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Marshal Kathy Clay made the call.

“Although a plan to move fireworks from Snow King to a county location bordering town has been in the works, the messaging of holding fireworks while entering this epic drought is inconsistent,” Clay said. “Weather projections continue to indicate this could be one of the driest years on record. Everyone together — homeowner and visitor alike — must be keenly aware of the dangerous summer we are beginning.”

Fire restrictions are also being considered that would prohibit open fires and other “ignition sources.”

Forest managers at the Bridger-Teton National Forest told the Jackson Hole Daily on Wednesday that they were looking to go into stage-one fire restrictions, which would prohibit open campfires by the end of June.

Specifically, those restrictions would only allow campfires inside grates in designated campgrounds. Once the regulations are imposed, open flames won’t be allowed at popular dispersed camping areas like Curtis Canyon and Shadow Mountain.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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Kathryn Wood-Meyer

Kudos to Kathy Clay for making a tough but intelligent call.

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