The State forester is watching growing fires closely

Sep 1, 2011

With a number of wildfires already burning in Wyoming, State Forester Bill Crapser admits he is nervous heading into the three day weekend. Crapser says their biggest concern is a blaze near Wheatland that has grown to 4-thousand acres and is threatening some ranches. But Crapser says the warm dry conditions across southern Wyoming, makes them especially nervous.
"Because of the number of fires we've had, all crews are pretty tired, pretty stretched thing. With a holiday weekend like this we are going to have a lot of people out recreating and with the red flag alerts and everything it is even more important than normal to have people very careful with fire."
Crapser says most of their recent fires have been started by lightening. He says they have recruited some hot shot crews and other help from other states.