Fire Danger Rises in Forest Area

Medicine Bow National ForestThe Little Beaver Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest and changing weather conditions have prompted Forest Service officials to issue statements regarding fire danger and safety. The 21-acre Little Beaver Fire was caused by lightning. The fire area has received rain over the last few days and crews are currently mopping up. Due to the late spring and early summer precipitation throughout the Forest, drying patterns were delayed and fire danger remained low. Now that the land is drying out, and with increased lightning storms and erratic winds, there will now be varying levels of fire danger throughout the area. Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties have had elevated levels of fire danger. In Wyoming, the BLM, in coordination with the county cooperators, recently implemented partial fire restrictions in the Casper area due to dry conditions and high fire danger. Although there are no current fire bans, it is imperative for all Forest users to be aware of the possible dangers and to be especially careful with fire use. You’ll find a list of basic fire safety rules below.

Campers and other public land users need to follow basic fire safety rules:

  • Scrape back dead grass and forest materials from your campfire site.
  • Keep your campfire small and under control; make it only as big as you need it.
  • Keep a shovel and a water container nearby to douse escaped embers.
  • Put your campfire dead out before leaving your campsite or going to sleep.
  • Do not park vehicles in tall dry grass, since hot tailpipes can cause fine fuels to catch on fire.
  • Remember that any ignition – cigarettes, campfires, gunfire, vehicles – could be the cause of a wildland fire, as grass and other vegetation is dry and extremely flammable.
  • Always follow current fire restrictions.
  • Fireworks are not allowed on federal lands.

 

To report a wildland fire, please call the interagency dispatch centers below:

Routt NF – Craig Dispatch Center, (970) 826-5037

Medicine Bow NF, Thunder Basin NG – Casper Dispatch, (307) 261-7691

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