On July 6, 2021, the Teton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a Partial Fire Restriction Ban in Teton County.
“This means different things depending on whether you live in the Town of Jackson or in the County,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Marshal Kathy Clay.
Only under very specific conditions are open fires allowed in the Town of Jackson at any time of the year and must be inspected and approved by the fire department.
In Teton County, all pile burning is now banned until restrictions are lifted. Homeowners in Teton County are allowed to have a wood fire only if clearances to combustibles are met and a mesh screen with holes no greater than 1/4 inch is over the fire while the fire is burning. Fires must be extinguished by dark to prevent the unnecessary response from the fire department.
“This is not the summer to take risks,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen. “If you love the ambiance of a fire, consider an outdoor gas fireplace, which does not throw hot embers into the area. We need to be very careful with all ignitions sources as we enter this very dry summer.”
“Homeowners are reminded that the burden of responsibility could be significant if their fire gets out of control,” said Clay. “The Resolution notes a $100 fine, however, should fire spread to neighboring properties or federal lands, the fine could be much more significant.”
All fireworks are banned at all times of the year in the Town of Jackson and Teton County.
The complete adopted Resolution may be found on the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS website. Questions may be directed to Fire Marshal Clay at 307-733-4732.