Despite moisture officials still worry about fires

May 24, 2013

Wyoming fire officials say the wet spring this year has been helpful, but they’re still unsure what it will mean for the fire season this year. 

State Forester Bill Crapser says that he hopes it will have a positive impact. “If nothing else we are going to have a shorter fire season this year than we last year, because at this time last year we were already seeing large fires and then as we move into the summer it will be kind of dependent on the weather for the next three or four months.” But, he adds that there have been some years where a wet spring has backfired, because to grasses grew tall, and then easily caught fire.

“You know that’s always the double edged sword of having a really wet spring and having the fine fuels really heavy and then it dries off,  having the grass problem among other things.”
 Crapser says the key factor will be how quickly things dry out.