Prescribed Burning A Challenge In Wyoming

Prescribed Burning A Challenge In Wyoming

July 2, 2019
Wyoming Public Media

A recent study called upon the Western U.S. to increase its prescribed burn practice as a preventative for large-scale wildfires. Prescribed burning is used to remove flammable undergrowth and dry, dead patches that add fuel to a wildfire.

As Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser explained, the practice can be difficult to carry out.

"Every area has a little bit different challenges on prescribed fire, but the similarities are always the risk of escape, just the cost of putting a fire on the landscape, public perception, smoke, and then liability on who's going to be the party conducting and responsible for the burn," Crapser said.

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