Fire Management

Fire - Horsethief Fire

The National Elk Refuge is part of the Teton Interagency Fire Program, which includes partnerships with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

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. 

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 site 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.

Several locally-produced videos address the concerns over preparing homes and communities for wildfire, including this video by the Teton Conservation District, titled Wildfire Risk Reduction Program (0:30 sec). Another short video discusses home preparedness: How a Firefighter Sees Your Property (0:58 sec)

In 2017, the Education Committee of the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition submitted and received a grant through the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee to develop a series of short videos to help communicate Fire Adapted Community goals to the public. The films can be viewed here:
National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (4:58 min)
Resilient Landscapes (6:13 min)
Fire Adapted Communities (9:38 min)
Safe and Effective Fire Response (5:56 min)