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Fire Season Will Continue, High Potential For Fires

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As the Mullen Fire continues to burn throughout southern Wyoming, the rest of the state is still in the midst of fire season.

"We've had an incredibly active fire season," Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser said.

He said this summer's hot, dry and windy weather made conditions ripe for fires to spring up across the state.

With forecasts currently predicting a dry fall, Crapser said it looks like Wyoming's fire season will be long this year.

"We're probably about two weeks past what we'd normally consider the at least tapering off of our fire season," he said.

Crapser said luckily in recent weeks there hasn't been much fire activity outside of the Mullen Fire in the state.

"So that's a blessing because resources nationally are tight and hard to get, so the effort's been able to focus on the Mullen Fire while still keeping enough resources around the state to respond to any initial attack," he said.

Crapser added the current fire potential around the state is high and hunters and other recreators should be extra careful and follow fire restrictions.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler at cwheel11@uwyo.edu.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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