WPR News
11:04 am
Wed June 9, 2004

Bighorn Forest Fire Season Earliest Yet

Sheridan, WY – Firefighters have managed to contain a small blaze burning the in the Bighorn National Forest southwest of Sheridan. Forest spokesman Craig Yancey says a 20 percent hot shot crew conducted mop-up operations on the lightning-sparked ten acre fire near Twin Lakes Tuesday. Yancey says it's the earliest start to the fire season he's seen in the 15 years he's been with the Bighorn forest. He says it could predict how bad the fire season might be due to drought conditions. While there are no fire restrictions yet, Yancey urges visitors to the Bighorn National Forest to be especially careful with campfires.