Contact: Charlotte Reynolds
With the county still under a Red Flag Warning, which was issued by the National Weather Service and a HIGH fire danger designation the Jackson Town Council and Board of County Commissioners approved a Partial Fire Closure for Teton County effective at 6:00a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 until further notice.
The Partial Fire Closure includes prohibition of:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using any campfire, except within established campfire grates or rings, which are not less than 25 feet from structures or brush or tree covered areas. Open burning of trash, grass, brush or tree cuttings, and construction debris is prohibited. The use of enclosed stoves or grills, and stoves using liquid or gas fuels is not restricted.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren of cleared of all flammable material.
3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed and in effective working order, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
4. Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating an acetylene or other torch, or open flame device, except in cleared areas at least 1 0 feet in diameter and with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A.
5. Using explosive devices requiring fuse blasting caps, tracer bullets or tracer charges, or rockets or model aircraft using propellant type engines.
With this action, Teton County joins Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in imposing partial fire closures to reduce the likelihood of human caused fires during a time of severe wildfire conditions throughout the region. For more information visit www.tetonwyo.org/fire or (866) 221-6441.
The public is reminded that fireworks are illegal in Teton County, Town of Jackson, Bridger Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. For more Teton Interagency Fire information, please go to: www.tetonfire.com.