WPR News
5:48 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Latest fire forecast looks good for Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Federal forecasters are saying that even with a lot of moisture this spring, Wyoming should have a normal wildfire season. The National Interagency Fire Center put out its latest prediction on July first. A meteorologist with the fire center, Robyn Heffernan, says the flooding and moisture in the western part of the state did decrease the risk of fire.
"It's going to take a while for the timbered areas, the higher elevations to really dry out; to see problematic fire it's going to take a while for those fuels to dry out. So, we don't anticipate seeing any problematic fire in that area until we get into the early to mid August timeframe."

For the rest of the state Heffernan says the fire season will start in July. She says this week is expected to be particularly hot and dry and across the western part of the country.