The Berry Fire grew significantly on August 22, driven by high winds and low humidity and burning through a mix of mature forest and areas burned during the 1988 fires.The fire has now burned from Grand Teton National Park onto the Bridger -Teton National Forest. Due to high fire danger, there is no access to Flagg Ranch and the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
At this time (Sunday, August 28), fire managers anticipate being able to reopen Highway 89/191/287 sometime Tuesday, August 30.
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.