Conditions are right for wildfires – Help mitigate the potential

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With the recent wildfire activity occurring throughout parts of Wyoming and Colorado, the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department would like to remind Mighty Ninety members of some tips to help lessen the chances for wildfires.

Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property throughout the U.S., and in Wyoming, the conditions and ingredients to start a wildfire are present.

"With warm temperatures, low precipitation, dry foliage and strong winds, the conditions are right for wildfires to occur and rapidly grow," said Greg Chesser, 90th CES/FD fire prevention chief. "This is evident with the fires in the Guernsey State Park, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo., areas."

Last month, the Laramie County Commissioners placed Laramie County under a partial burn ban, which means there is no open burning between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For Warren residents, open burning is prohibited.

"Open burning includes the use of fire pits and fireworks," Chesser said. "For those wanting to use fireworks, there is a designated fireworks shoot site located on West College Drive, about one-half mile east of the Interstate-25 exit in Cheyenne. That site will be open June 30 through July 4."


Safety Tips:

· Keep lawns hydrated and maintained. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for a wildfire.
· Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting one's home.
· Keep flammable materials at least three to five feet away from the home's foundation, including sheds and garages.
· Promptly dispose of debris and lawn clippings, as this will reduce fuel if a fire were to break out.
· Limit campfires to designated areas and follow all rules and restrictions currently in place pertaining to burn bans and campfires.
· Do not discharge fireworks.
· Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows.

"By knowing these tips and using them, the chances for you to accidently cause a wildfire is greatly diminished," Chesser said. "Do your part to ensure the safety of everyone around you."