PINEDALE – Fire danger is increasing throughout western Wyoming. While fire danger is currently moderate, warm and dry weather are now above normal for this time of year. By tracking weather and the moisture in the forest, as well as sage and grass vegetation, a moderate danger has been determined. Fires can start easily and spread at a medium speed. However, on a windy day, fire will spread more rapidly, particularly in open-cured grassland.
Because temperatures are slightly higher than normal, dry air and strong winds are beginning to prime fuels. In the next week or two, green fuels will begin to dry out, despite precipitation levels being average.
As fire danger climbs throughout the duration of the summer, fire managers would like to ask that visitors and residents use caution while recreating outdoors.
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