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Human-caused fires burn BTNF in 2012

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

PINEDALE – Roughly 90,000 acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) were charred last year, and people were to blame for 91 percent of the acreage that went up in smoke.

Even though there were fewer wildland fires than average last year in the BTNF, they grew quickly and were frequently human caused, making for the second-largest fire season in the national forest’s history.

“Every fire is investigated and based on weather and location of the fire, most of the time we can tell if a fire is caused by lighting or by humans,” Ken Frederick, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center, said.

For the complete article see the 03-26-2013 issue.

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