Wyoming Wildfires Are Scorching More Acres In 2016 Compared To 2015
As wildfire seasons go, it really is worse in 2016.
"We are seeing an increase in fire activity compared to last year," said Carmen Thomason, fire prevention specialist with the Wyoming office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
"Every year is just very dependent on the weather conditions we get and what kind of spring we have," Thomason said.
Last year was different, she said. "If you remember last year, it was really wet."
Not so in 2016.
"In July, we had those record-high temperatures and those real windy days, and it's just dried out all of the fuels -- the grass, the brush and trees -- to the point that now that we're having lightning storms in the afternoon, and those are starting several fires," Thomason said.
The BLM and other federal, state and local agencies often have stopped them early, Thomason said. "But unfortunately due to the dryness of the fuels, those fires have gotten large and we're bringing in additional fire teams and resources to manage those."
Keeping track of what agencies fighting what fires where can be complicated in Wyoming with the checkerboard of private, state and federal lands, she said.
To track the progress of fires, and how they may affect you, visit the U.S. Forest Service website InciWeb, click on "state," which will start with Alaska. Then click again to get to Wyoming.
Those overseeing fire operations will post updates sometimes several times a day.