Teton County is known for exansive vistas, large swaths of forested lands managed by private and public entities. Fires has historically been a natural part of the environment. As the valley watched the 1988 Yellowstone Fires, many realized if it could happen there, it could happen here. A group of fire managers began work to study fire on the landscape; mapping the interface between forest areas and homes referred to as the wildland urban interface (WUI), forming the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition (TAWPC), and writing a community wildfire protection plan (CWPP). As new construction pushed into the interface areas, rules pertaining to building fire resistant construction for structures within these higher hazard fire areas would help prevent structure loss in the event of future fire. These codes were adopted in 2008 with the ability to adjust the ignition resistance of the structure in relation to the fire severity of the area.
Review and revision of the CWPP began in 2013. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS began WUI assessments along Fall Creek Road and in the Pacific Creek Subdivision, north of Jackson. In the course of this work, 188 WUI assessments were made with 59 homeowner contacts, and preincident planning on 13 subdivisions. This work is intended to continue spring/summer 2014.
The CWPP was revised and updated June, 2014, thanks to the hard work from many stakeholders.
The TAWPC group determined a uniform message was critical for public education. The NFPA Firewise program and Ready-Set-Go were determined to be effective and easy to access messages. FIREWISE INFO and READY, SET, GO!