The state of Wyoming held a training workshop for county wild fire mitigation coordinators last week. It took place on Casper Mountain where representatives from across the state took a tour to see first hand various types of wild fire mitigation techniques in use.

“We have 14 counties that have fuels mitigation programs and we had representatives from all those counties come together and discuss some of the fuels mitigation federal grants that we get,”

Nick Williams is fire resource forester with the Wyoming State Forestry Division. He says the state gets about a million dollars a year in USDA forest service grants that help pay for private-land fuels reduction.

With Natrona County and much of the southern part of the state on the verge of moderate drought, Williams says, they want to be sure and have as many resources available as possible for what looks to be a significant wild land fire suppression season.

Check out the Firewise Wyoming Website for tips on creating defensible space around your mountain home or cabin.