Hot Weekend Temperatures Could Make Fire Threat Even Worse
Partial fire restrictions are in effect for Natrona County, but things could get worse in the coming days.
High temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 90′s this weekend, which could add more fuel to a potential fire.
Lt. Stew Anderson with the Natrona County Emergency Management says a mild winter and the early arrival of spring was the first sign of potential fire danger.
“The thing is, we didn’t have the moisture that we did last year, except up on Casper Mountain itself, and most of that’s gone and with these hot days and especially with this wind, it dries things out extremely fast and then creates those critical fire behavior if we do get a fire.”
There is a firework ban in effect because of the conditions.
Lt. Anderson says there’s bound to be some people that will try some sort of firework activity over the next few weeks…but what some people don’t realize, is that anyone who breaks those rules, could be causing a chain reaction of disasters.
“The thing is, if they catch something on fire, then it’s going to be more than just one citation. Plus they’re going to be possibly liable for any property that may get destroyed.”