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Officials ask residents to use caution when burning slash

Mar 3, 2013 - From staff reports

Fremont County Firewise and the Dubois Fire District want to caution area residents about open burning of forest project slash.

The current snow depths in many areas are not sufficient enough this year to prevent escaped fires because much of the vegetation is not sufficiently covered up. This exposed, fully cured vegetation is now at the most vulnerable state for fire ignition and rapid fire spread. Even with small amounts of snow on the ground, the exposed portion of grasses and sagebrush will ignite and burn easily.

Weather conditions and wind have already caused escaped fires and property damage this year in the Dubois area. Fire managers are urging residents to consider burning slash this spring instead.

Some tips to help with a safe and successful burning project:

- Prepare the area around the burn to contain the fire

- Have firefighting tools available -- shovels, rakes and water

- Make phone calls to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office (1-800-967-2302), fire department and U.S. Forest Service

- Notify the neighbors -- they may even help control the burn

- Stay with the burn until the fire is "cold out"

- Check the weather before starting any burn activities -- be aware of forecasted wind or moisture events

- Burn only what can be controlled

For more information, contact Ron Wempen at Fremont County Firewise, 857-3030 or fremontfirewise@wyoming.com.

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