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Teton Interagency Fire Center gearing up for season

Western Wyoming public-land managers say they expect a drying trend in vegetation for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

The Teton Interagency Fire Center is preparing to respond to all fire starts to avoid fire spread.

Visitors and locals are reminded that no fireworks are permitted in Grand Teton National Park, The Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge or anywhere else in Sublette and Teton Counties. According to the Fire Center, the regulations play a critical role in fire prevention during a dangerous time of year.

Fireworks start an average 18,500 fiires per year and result in an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

Unattended and abandoned campfires are also a common source of fires. In western Wyoming, fire crews respond to about 100 abandoned campfires every year. There have been 27 unattended campfires discovered so far this season.

Hikers and campers are advised that simply pouring water on the remains of a fire is not sufficient. The ashes must be thoroughly doused with water and stirred into a campfire ring. All embers and logs should be broken up and covered with dirt and the campfire cold to the touch before the site is vacated.

For latest fire information visit the Teton Interagency Fire Center.

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