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State Forester urges caution with fireworks on Independence Day

Kabir Bakie
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A wet spring has shortened Wyoming’s fire season, according to Wyoming’s State Forester.

Bill Crapser says decreased fire danger has allowed the Cowboy State to lend 50 people and 15 engines to fight wildfires in Colorado.

Crapser expects much of the state’s plant life to dry out in July and August, which makes wildfires more likely.

“We’re not gonna get through unscathed, but I don’t think we’ll see fires of the number or the size that we saw last year.”

As the fourth of July approaches, Crapser says people should still be careful when setting off fireworks.

“Make sure you’re not setting them off in high heavy fuels, you know, dry grasses or downed woody material, where they can start fires.”

Crapser says the same goes for campfires. Also, people should always have water and a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case.

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