Campers Not Properly Dousing Campfires in NW Wyo.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Despite dry conditions in northwest Wyoming, National Park Service and Forest Service rangers and staff are finding abandoned campfires that have not been properly doused.
So far this summer, 132 smoldering campfires have been discovered in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming.
Mary Cernicek of the Bridger-Teton Forest says about 20 citations have been issued just in Teton County alone.
The fine for an abandoned campfire is $225, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
Grand Teton Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says officials aren’t sure why some campers are being so irresponsible but they’re doing what they can to get the word out about how to properly put out campfires.