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High Fire Danger

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is warning the public that the fire danger rating for southern Wyoming is high and urges extreme caution for those recreating on public lands.

Sweetwater, Carbon, Albany, Uinta and Laramie counties are experiencing energy release component (ERC) levels approaching 90 percent and higher. The ERC scale relates fuel energy potential to an area and these levels have not been seen since the summer of 2002. Fuels located below 7,500 feet in elevation are highly susceptible to fire due to lower snow accumulation, early snow melt and unseasonably warm weather. HDD Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler states, “The lack of spring moisture has stunted most new growth for this year; however, the previous two years of grass growth is still there and very ready to burn.” 

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White Mountain Mall Evacuated

A fire alarm sounded around 3pm Saturday afternoon Over 100 people were evacuated from the mall as the alarms rang and fire trucks rushed to the scene. Customers were soon allowed back into the building, and the pumper trucks were packed up to headed back to the fire station. Rock Springs Fire Department Captain Ron Atkins explained that one of the exterior lights outside of JC Penny burnt up causing the alarms to go out throughout the building. The damage was minimal as was the danger, but Captain Atkins said the temporary evacuation was still necessary.

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