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Fire danger 'normal' for time of year

Jun 4, 2013 - Staff and wire reports

A year after several big fires burned through huge swaths of western Wyoming, including one that raged for weeks in Fremont County, wildfire danger for Wyoming is rated as "normal" for June.

That's a relief to land managers.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest experienced its second-worst wildfire season on

record last summer. Fire specialist Andy Norman said conditions this year aren't exactly wet, but they're not extremely dry, either.

Norman said the forest still has some long-term fire-danger issues to deal with, including a prolonged drought and large sections of beetle-killed trees.

Moderate long-term drought conditions exist across most of western Wyoming, but conditions in pockets of southern and eastern Wyoming are considered to be in extreme drought.

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