Interagency News Release: Grand Teton National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest, National Elk RefugeAugust 5, 2014 (NER 14-22)
Do you know if your home has protection from a wildland fire? The first step in defensible space is to understand what constitutes defensible space. The coordinating partners of Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition will host a public open house focusing on fire-adapted communities and what it means to be good neighbors living in a fire-adapted ecosystem.
This important free community event will be held on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm at the Old Wilson School House in Wilson, Wyoming, with snacks and educational display booths covering fire and home safety. Local guest speakers include University of Idaho Professor Penny Morgan and Teton County Fire Marshall Kathy Clay. They will share their expertise in forest fuels reduction, fire prevention, and International Wildland Fire Code and discuss the important challenges facing homeowners, land managers and communities in the western states in connection to wildfire and home safety. A fire safety kid’s corner will be available for children starting at 6:00 pm and through the discussion period.
The time to work towards defensible space is when the air is free of smoke so you can breathe a sigh of relief when there is smoke in the air.
For more information, call Steve Markason, North Zone Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, at 307-739-5431, or visit www.tetonfires.com.
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