- Due to dry conditions in the valley, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is taking added measures to get the message out about wildland fires this summer.
“We cannot prevent a fire from a lightning strike,” said Fire Chief Brady Hansen, “but we can together prevent human fire events by making sure all open burns, including campfires, are controlled and completely extinguished by the end of the day.”
Currently, the Town of Jackson and Teton County are not in burn restrictions. Authorities are monitoring the moisture content of fuels – grasses and trees – and will determine when moisture contents get low enough to trigger burn restrictions.
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has recently received the support from Town and County to hire a wildland urban interface coordinator, order four new wildland fire trucks, and train more firefighters to higher certification levels for wildland firefighting.
Fire Marshal Kathy Clay recommends that homeowners begin to prepare for wildland fire season by having important papers and items ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation, and by taking mitigation measures around the home.
“Pay special attention to the first five feet around your home,” said Clay. “It should be clear of combustible items such as decorative wood bark, dry grasses, leaf matter and other combustible materials, and things like stacked wood should be brought inside during wildland fire season.”
Many other preventative measures can be taken, and homeowners can be directed to helpful resources on the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS website at
The public is also encouraged to sign-up for Nixle by texting TETON_WY to 888777 or by visiting www.nixle.com, to receive evacuation alert notices, should an evacuation be necessary due to a wildland fire.
“Whether you are on private or public property, we all need to work together during this dry summer to ensure wildland fires can be prevented,” said Clay.
For more information, contact the Community Risk Reduction Team at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, 307-733-4732 or visit the Teton Interagency Fire website at https://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/dispatch/wy-tdc/home/.