The Birch Creek Fire is determined to be human caused. A fire investigator was called in and indicators showed an abandoned warming fire. Our #1 human caused fires are during hunting season, August-October, due to not completely extinguishing their warming fire.
This photo shows exactly where the warming fire was.
The most recent fires have been human-caused and could have easily been prevented.
A reminder, vegetation is stressed and very receptive to fire. Even, with cooler weather the next few days, fires can start easily and grow rapidly under the right conditions. Be careful with anything that could possible ignite a fire, this includes tow chains, chainsaws, and vehicles parking on tall grass. Bridger-Teton NF, along with surrounding counties remain in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions , which means campfires are only allowed in agency approved metal rings at designated sites. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited on public lands.
"Know Before You Go". Call local agency for fire restrictions and fire information in the area you are going before you leave home.