Recent Rains Could Increase Fire Danger
Laramie, WY – Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent wet weather doesn't mean predictions about a severe fire season ahead are wrong. Crapser says the recent moisture has been good for farmers, ranchers and homeowners, but it can also be a curse. He says rain can help firefighters get control of blazes. But Crapser says it also promotes the growth of fine fuels and when those fuels dry out, the fire danger increases. He says the rains have done nothing to replenish the moisture in trees following years of drought. Both he and federal fire officials prediction northeastern, far western and extreme southern Wyoming have the most potential for wildfires this summer.