Bridger-Teton National Forest: Implementation has begun in the Phillips area of the Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project near Wilson.

Throughout the next two months, contractors will be cutting trees in the Phillips Ridge area and visitors will be traveling at their own risk along trails adjacent to work areas.

Visitors can expect crews working with chainsaws, felling trees and stacking woody debris near the Phillips Ridge Trail and the power line access road. Workers are reminding people to be watchful of the hazards near and around these areas. Please approach the fuels work zone slowly and cautiously.

 Respect temporary trail closures between the hours of 6 am and 4 pm and do not enter into the work zone if these areas are posted closed for your safety. If you hear chainsaws running ensure you are not in the fall zone or within harm’s way. All recreationists are encouraged to try to make visual contact with workers before passing through the work area. It will be important to pay attention to changing conditions and for visitors to maintain appropriate speeds for the rapidly changing environment throughout the work area.

The purpose of the Teton to Snake Fuels Project is to meet the essential goals of being a good neighbor through Firewise practices on public land adjacent to private homes and neighborhoods in support of fire adaptive communities, facilitate the reduction of risk and cost of fire suppression during an unwanted fire within the wildland urban interface.

The project also provides managers the necessary protection areas and zones to meet the legal obligations to protect the wilderness character within the Palisades Wilderness Study Area by:

• Improving firefighter and public safety; reducing expected fire flame length to less than four feet and reducing the potential for crown fires adjacent to private lands.

• Reducing wildland fire spread potential to and from National Forest System, State and private lands.

• Increasing the probability that managers can respond to natural fire starts using tactics that have less impact on the land and allow fire to play its natural role in ecosystems processes.

The project area is within the Wildland Urban Interface as defined by the 2014 Teton County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) as communities at risk of wildfire. Maps of the project are posted at trailhead areas and on the web at tetonfires.com.

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