To report a wildfire, call the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3630.
The National Elk Refuge is a small player in the Teton Interagency Fire Program, with a lower percentage of planned and unplanned fire events than either neighboring Grand Teton National Park or the Bridger-Teton National Fire. Regardless, the refuge is proud to be a part of a strong interagency program that shares both resources and personnel.
The refuge does not have a large staff and generally has only one or two employees qualified for wildland fire response. In the event of a wildfire on the National Elk Refuge, one of several agencies may be the first to arrive on scene and provide initial attack. To reciprocate, the refuge offers assistance when it can to the other agencies. For instance, the refuge has provided a qualified fire information officer to assist with numerous fires within the Teton Interagency Fire jurisdiction. A series of Horsethief Canyon Fire photos in the National Elk Refuge's photo gallery chronicles the refuge's dramatic contribution to fire suppression efforts during a large fire near Jackson in September 2012.
Locally, fires are dispatched through the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center, located in Moose, Wyoming. Mobilization of resources in the area are further coordinated through the Eastern Great Basin Coordination Center (EGBCC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The EGBCC also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services for purposes of wildland fire and
incident management decision-making.
A Teton Interagency Fire web page provides extensive information on wildland fires, prescribed fires, and fuels projects in the area. Additionally, fires lasting more than one operational period are often posted on Inciweb, an interagency information system that is an information source for incidents throughout the country. Events can be searched for within the site by incident name or by state.
The Teton Interagency Fire program finds or responds to many abandoned campfires each year. Fire managers caution visitors and residents about leaving campfires unattended, especially when hot and dry conditions exist or fire danger is high.
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