fires http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Film Series Focusing On Bark Beetles Premieres In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/film-series-focusing-bark-beetles-premieres-wyoming <p>Bark beetles have ravaged western forests in recent years, leaving behind huge swaths of dead trees.</p><p>In a series of ten short films premiering in Wyoming this week, the Forest Service and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute have teamed up to spotlight some of the impacts of the outbreak, and the ways managers are responding to it. The Institute’s Emilene Ostlind says the series covers everything from bark beetles’ effect on Cheyenne’s water supply to how beetle kill is turned into lumber to her personal favorite, which focuses on researchers at the university.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:07:55 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57528 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Film Series Focusing On Bark Beetles Premieres In Wyoming Three blazes jumpstart Wyoming's wildfire season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/three-blazes-jumpstart-wyomings-wildfire-season <p>There are three fires burning across Wyoming today. Near Sinks Canyon in Freemont County, in The Hard Luck area of the Washakie Wilderness and in the western Battle Creek area of area of Medicine Bow national forest. The fire near Hard Luck was discovered by reconnaissance planes on Saturday and the most recent fire, burning near Battle Creek picked up Monday.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:38:27 +0000 Jordan Harper 44220 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Three blazes jumpstart Wyoming's wildfire season State Forester urges caution with fireworks on Independence Day http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-forester-urges-caution-fireworks-independence-day <p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:03:42 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 42856 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Forester urges caution with fireworks on Independence Day Most of Wyoming has severe drought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/most-wyoming-has-severe-drought <p>The U.S. Drought Monitor says extreme drought conditions now cover much of southern and eastern Wyoming after a dry August.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;The program's map shows all of Sweetwater, Laramie, Goshen, Platte and Niobrara counties are in an extreme drought, the fourth-worst out of five categories.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Conditions in most of Converse and Weston counties and in parts of six other counties are also classified as extreme drought.<br>&nbsp;<br>Most of the rest of the state is in a severe drought, the third-worst category.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:44:34 +0000 Associated Press 29653 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Most of Wyoming has severe drought Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-ban-leads-drop-park-visitors <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s state parks are getting fewer visitors than usual, and park officials say it&rsquo;s probably because of the ban on campfires.</p><p>State Parks Chief of Operations Bill Westerfield says the decline in visitors will mean less money will be available for future improvements at parks and historic sites.</p><p>&ldquo;The user fees &ndash; camping and day use fees &ndash; go into an enterprise account, and we use that money to build new facilities and to conduct major maintenance on the facilities we have,&rdquo; Westerfield said.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:43:30 +0000 Willow Belden 27828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors Wyoming is wary about the fire season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wary-about-fire-season <p>Officials are warning that despite current wet weather, the risk of statewide fire danger will be high in the coming months.</p><p>Bill Crapser is Wyoming&rsquo;s State Forester. He says, so far, this spring has seen a large amount of fires due to drier weather&hellip; and despite recent spates of rain and snow and a temporary reduction in fires, Crapser says he expects more in the near future.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:35:37 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23504 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming is wary about the fire season Dry weather to continue, but temps could drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-weather-continue-temps-could-drop <p>Wyoming has experienced record high temperatures this month &ndash; in some cases more than 20 degrees above average. The National Weather Service says that&rsquo;s because winter storms coming in from the west have been following slightly different tracks than usual.</p><p>&ldquo;The lows that have developed have either gone way to our south or have gone to our north,&rdquo; said Chuck Baker, a lead forecaster in Riverton.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:45:00 +0000 Willow Belden 21839 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dry weather to continue, but temps could drop