wildfire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming National Guard Sends Air Tankers To Fight NW Wildfires http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-national-guard-sends-air-tankers-fight-nw-wildfires <p>The Wyoming Air National Guard will send two military air tankers to Boise, Idaho to help fight wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The planes are equipped with a special fire-fighting device called a </span>MAFF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> –which stands for Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and can drop up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:26 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61757 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming National Guard Sends Air Tankers To Fight NW Wildfires Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lake-owen-fire-update-80-contained <p>The Lake Owen forest fire, in the Medicine Bow National Forest area, is now 80% contained the U.S. Forest&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">service reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fire covers approximately 500 acres and has caused the evacuation of nearby campers. Residents along Fox Creek Road and in Woods Landing, </span>Jelm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Albany are still being urged to shelter in place. Three heavy air tankers and 150 personnel are currently working on the fire.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61054 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/alberta-smoke-creates-wyoming-haze <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta has drifted down into Montana and Wyoming in recent days.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze New wildfire starts in Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-wildfire-starts-yellowstone <p>A new wildfire has started in Yellowstone National Park but officials report no issues with any of the fires burning in the park.</p><p></p><p>Storms on Thursday brought rain to the Alum (AL'-um) Fire burning about 5 miles northwest of Fishing Bridge Junction. However, the storms also were accompanied by lightning that started at least one new fire about a mile away.</p><p>The National Park Service says more than 700 lightning strikes occurred in the park Thursday afternoon so additional fire starts are expected. Dry, warmer weather also is expected this weekend.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:38:30 +0000 The Associated Press 46188 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New wildfire starts in Yellowstone 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 More help sought for wildfire southeast of Casper http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-help-sought-wildfire-southeast-casper <p>Conditions are favorable for firefighters trying to corral one of Wyoming's first significant wildfires this year.</p><p></p><p>The 300-acre wildfire is burning in a remote area 15 miles southeast of Casper, not far from Muddy Mountain. Lighting is believed to have started the fire sometime last weekend.</p><p>The fire has burned about 300 acres of mixed pine, grass and sagebrush.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:46:30 +0000 The Associated Press 43655 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More help sought for wildfire southeast of Casper Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-reduced-beetle-kill-state-forester-forecasts-heavy-fire-season <p></p><p></p><p>Wyoming forest officials anticipate another heavy fire season for this year.</p><p>Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent warm winters have been great for the pine beetle population. He adds that Wyoming pine forests are full of densely-packed stands with trees of the same age, which makes them especially vulnerable to beetles, and that makes them more likely to burn.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:08:23 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38954 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season Wildfires Are Impacting Wyoming Wildlife http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wildfires-are-impacting-wyoming-wildlife <p></p><p>We’re joined now by Tom Ryder with the Game and Fish Department. He’s here to talk about the how wildlife are affected by the wildfires that have burned this season. He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden that, when fires break out, some animals tend to suffer, while others actually benefit in the long run.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:12:49 +0000 Willow Belden 28745 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wildfires Are Impacting Wyoming Wildlife A wildlife continues to burn in the Medicine Bow National Forest http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wildlife-continues-burn-medicine-bow-national-forest <p>A wildfire near Wheatland in the Medicine Bow National Forest has grown to around a thousand acres.&nbsp; High winds and terrain in the area have hampered firefighters in their efforts to contain it and they can&rsquo;t come face to face with the blaze. &nbsp;Because of this Forest Service Spokesman Aaron Voos said they are taking a different approach in dealing with it.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:32:04 +0000 Bob Beck 25109 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A wildlife continues to burn in the Medicine Bow National Forest