August 30 Update: Highway 89/191/287 is open between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. While the highway is open, there are still area and trail closures within Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Bridger-Teton National Forest. An updated closure map is posted at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4954/ and as a printable PDF map.
Successful efforts by firefighters to make Highway 89/191/287 safe for travel have allowed the road to be opened this morning. Please drive carefully through the stretch of highway from Leeks Marina to the South Gate entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The highway pullouts along the highway in the fire area will be closed. Firefighting traffic will continue to use the roadway, the parking pullouts, and Flagg Ranch as parking areas and supply staging zones. However, the parking area at the north entrance sign to Grand Teton National Park will be available to the public. Please drive through the fire area cautiously, as fire traffic will continue to use the road.
Fire danger is Very High for the Teton Dispatch coverage area. Fire restrictions are currently in effect for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, High Desert District BLM, Teton County, Sublette County, and Lincoln County. For more information, read Partial Fire Restrictions In Effect for Park and Forest.
Wildfires are a regular summer occurrence in Teton Interagency response area. To prepare for a potential wildfire, prepare a Ready-Set-Go plan and follow this 6 P's checklist.
After the Green Knoll Fire of 2001, Teton County Fire EMS produced the following film to help homeowners identify and create home survival and defensible space. Learning to creating defensible space helps to reduce the risk that fire will spread from the surrounding area to the structure and provides firefighters access and a safer area to defend it from. Teton County Fire Preparedness Video.
This film is sponsored by the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition
To learn more about Living with Fire visit Fire Adapted Communities.