WPR News
8:26 am
Tue July 3, 2007

Fire Restrictions in Place

Laramie, WY – Unusually warm, dry weather has prompted Yellowstone National Park and western Wyoming's national forests to enact fire restrictions.

Campers in the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton national forests are being told to build fires only in designated fire rings in developed camping areas. Backcountry fires are prohibited.

Last year, such restrictions weren't implemented until August 31st.

Similar restrictions are now in place in Yellowstone, although fires still are allowed at certain designated backcountry campsites.

Two fairly large wildfires have broken out in western Wyoming so far this summer -- one in Bridger-Teton National Forest and one in Shoshone National Forest.