Campers not dousing fires the right way

Aug 14, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- 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, federal officials say.

"It is a lot because we're only midway through our fire season and to have that many negligent people is quite disconcerting," Bridger-Teton spokeswoman Mary Cernicek said.

About 20 citations for abandoning smoldering campfires have been issued just in Teton County alone, Cernicek said Tuesday.

Yellowstone National Park, which neighbors Grand Teton, doesn't have numbers yet for this year's abandoned campfires, according to spokesman Dan Hottle.

The fine for an abandoned campfire is $225, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.

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