Saddle Butte Fire

A fire broke out Sunday on East Gros Ventre Butte across from KJ's Wrangler Shell gas station in Jackson.

After hot temperatures and high winds last week, cooler weather and additional moisture in the forecast relieved Teton County of the high fire risks it had been experiencing.

The Teton County Board of Commissioners and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen decided Tuesday morning to lift the partial fire restrictions for the county.

“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.

While the partial fire restrictions are lifted, officials reminded residents and visitors to take proper fire precautions when departing a campfire or bonfire; burning yard waste or rubbish; smoking; and utilizing cars, tools and other combustion engines.

The partial fire restriction was implemented on Sunday, Sept. 1, after Mylar balloons intersected a power line, causing the wildfire. The fire spread from the hillside across from the Virginian over the hill to Saddle Butte. While the fire kept subdivision residents evacuated for two nights, the fire was 100% contained by Wednesday, Sept. 4.

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