The U.S. Forest service is actively investigating five suspicious fires that began last month in the Routt and Roosevelt National Forests. With these and other fires burning across the state U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officials are asking the public to report any suspicious activity on public lands to their local law enforcement. Anyone with information regarding the fires is asked to contact U.S. Forest service Law Enforcement Officer Hannah Nadeau at (307)343-2335. A list of fire safety tips is available below.
- 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.
- Stage I fire restrictions currently exist on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.