Fire danger rose to a “high” rating this week for both Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, due to a combination of warm weather, low humidity and strong winds.
Traci Weaver, a spokeswoman for Bridger-Teton, says that dry vegetation and a higher-than-usual number of lightning strikes already posed a fire risk… But campers have abandoned more than 100 campfires this season, compounding the danger. Weaver urges campers to be responsible forest stewards.
Fire restrictions are popping up across Eastern Wyoming.
Despite the wet spring, weather forecasters are predicting an average fire season in July and August, when plant material is most flammable. Natrona joins Converse, Johnson and Platte Counties in posting restrictions to prevent wildfires in the region.