Smokey conditions expected throughout the week; Multiple new fires in Bridger-Teton National Forest

County 10 Photo

According to a release from the U.S. Forest Service, the smoke in Fremont County will stick around for a while longer:

Over the weekend, multiple new fires were reported on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. While these fires remain many miles from the Shoshone National Forest, smoke associated with them is present over southern portions of the Shoshone National Forest and in the towns of Dubois and Lander.

Advertisement

Shoshone National Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer Clint Dawson reminds the public that conditions are very dry. He said, “Fire danger levels are considered ‘Very High’ on the majority of the Shoshone National Forest and ‘Extreme’ on the most southern portions of the Forest.”

While there are not currently fire restrictions on the Shoshone National Forest, all individuals hunting, recreating, or working on the forest are asked to be extra cautious when building and attending campfires. Even when you can no longer see flames or embers, your campfire may still hold enough heat to potentially ignite nearby fuel sources. Ensure you douse your campfire with water, and it is completely cool to the touch before you leave it.

Another common cause of fires can be driving and parking on dry grasses; please use caution when deciding where to park your vehicle, and as always, drive vehicles on forest system roads and motorized trails only.

To report a new fire or smoke, please call the Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9954.

For additional information on the Shoshone National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone, follow us on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or like us on Facebook (US Forest Service – Shoshone National Forest).

As America’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Advertisement