WPR News
9:14 am
Tue June 20, 2006

Fire Risk High

Lander, Wyoming – The risk of wildfires in the Shoshone
National Forest is about as high as it has ever been at this time
of year.
The forest's fire management officer says below-average snowfall
this past winter, coupled with a dry April and a May have resulted
in a dry and hazardous situation.
Across the Big Horn Basin to the east of the Shoshone Forest,
things aren't looking so bad right now.
Bighorn National Forest Supervisor Bill Bass says his fire staff
is expecting an average fire year.
Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says several large fires in
excess of 100 acres have already burned across the state.
About 220 firefighters are fighting a 500-acre wildfire in
southwest Albany County near Lake Owen in the Medicine Bow National
Forest.
Cooler temperatures and less wind allowed firefighters to keep
that fire in check today (Tuesday).