WPR News
10:21 am
Thu April 8, 2004

A Fire Ban Already

Cheyenne, WY – The state's dry spring conditions have officials worried about the potential for wildfires. Tuesday, the Laramie County Commission banned outdoor fires and the use of fireworks in the county. A similar ban was passed in July last year. County Fire Warden David Thompson is certainly concerned about the upcoming fire season. He says there's a build-up of combustible fuels in the county that actually started a year ago, when there was a lot of spring moisture. That allowed grasses to grow, but those dried out over the summer and are now a serious fire hazard. Exceptions to the partial fire ban include campfires within established fire rings, enclosed grills, and the burning of irrigation ditches. Thompson agrees that it would take a considerable amount of moisture to lift the ban before next fall. Commissioners instituted the ban despite pleas from fireworks dealers to allow them to continue selling fireworks to Laramie County residents.