Contact: Charlotte Reynolds
Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Willy Watsabaugh announces that this year's fireworks shows at the base of Snow King Mountain on July 4th and Teton Village on July 3rd and 4th have been canceled due to fire danger. Both events are traditionally allowed under a special use permit provided by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, with the condition that the event may be canceled if conditions warrant.
With a careful risk analysis conducted by fire officials, it has been determined that moving forward with the annual fireworks displays this year is ill advised.
According to Chief Watsabaugh "Data shows that this year is drier than it was in 1988 and 2000 when wildfires created dramatic impacts to our area. While we are aware that fireworks shows are a tradition and a summertime highlight for residents and visitors alike, the conditions are ripe for a dramatic fire event, and one only needs to look throughout the state or the western region to see the impacts wildfires can have on residents, visitors and the landscape. When I look at the fires throughout the region, the resources needed to deal with a large scale fire are already spoken for, we just can't take the risk."
Coupled with today's actions by the Board of County Commissioners and the Jackson Town Council to implement a Partial Fire Closure throughout the county, Teton County joins Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the State of Wyoming in imposing measures to reduce the likelihood of human caused fires during a time of severe wildfire conditions throughout the region. For more information visit www.tetonwyo.org/fire or (866) 221-6441.
The public is reminded that private fireworks are illegal in Teton County, Town of Jackson, Bridger Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. For more Teton Interagency Fire information, please go to: www.tetonfire.com.