Wildfire Smoke Close to Home
Smoke rolled through Green River Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing the reality of the devastating photographs of the wildfires that are still burning across Colorado and in Wyoming close to home. Shelley Gregory with the Bureau of Land Management hopes the images will serve as a reminder that as the Fourth of July approaches, the use of any fireworks poses a danger not only to yourself, but also to others. If you plan on camping out for the 4th, you will also want to remember the danger that a campfire imposes. Gov. Matt Mead is urging Wyoming residents and visitors to take extra care in the outdoors because of the extreme fire danger. Mead notes there are fire bans on all state lands. In addition, 12 of the state's 23 counties have instituted their own fire bans so far. The counties with fire bans as of Wednesday are: Uinta, Sweetwater, Carbon, Albany, Laramie, Natrona, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Weston, Campbell and Crook. Also, the Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all lands it administers in the southeastern and central parts of Wyoming.