Local News 7/18/17

CAMPFIRE CAUSES FIRE

(Lander) – An abandoned campfire was the cause of a three acre wildfire reported above Bruce’s Campground on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest, nine miles southwest of Lander yesterday.

Firefighters say the campfire was a short walk from the Popo Agie River where it could have been dowsed with water before those responsible left the area.

Initial attack resources included six fire engines, a hand crew, two air tankers out of Riverton, a light helicopter from Casper and local firemen so the blaze was quickly contained.

While Fremont County and the Bureau of Land Management are in stage one fire restrictions, there are none at the time through the U.S. Forest Service because it’s cooler and wetter at higher elevations.

However, campfires left unattended can grow quickly, as was seen with the Bruce’s Fire.

 

FOREST ROADS, TRAILS

(Riverton) – The Wind River Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest says the “old” Glacier Trail is not recommended for stock use because of slumps and cracks that developed along about a mile of the route.

That’s likely due to heavy snow last winter.

The area is still actively moving but once it settles, it will be assessed for a re-route.

And the forest says the road to Fish Lake from the north is tentatively scheduled to be closed August First through the eighteenth to replace a culvert with a larger bottomless arch to better handle spring runoff and improve passage for fish.

 

AVOID ALGAL BLOOMS

(Cheyenne) – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department of Health and Wyoming Livestock Board are advising the public to keep away from blue-green algae blooms and report them to the DEQ.

Blue-green algae can form harmful algal blooms that produce toxins and other irritants which pose a risk to human, pet and livestock health.

The blooms typically occur during late summer and early fall in slow-moving or still water.

They are usually blue or green in color and may appear as scums, clumps, floating mats or spilled paint.

 

GAS PRICES STEADY

(Riverton) – Retail gasoline prices in Wyoming have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.19, which compares to a national average that is down almost two cents to $2.24 per gallon.

Three years ago, gasoline was selling for $3.63 in Wyoming.

GasBuddy says gas will probably cost more in the coming weeks as crude oil prices increase.

Around the region, gas is $2.13 in Fort Collins, $2.29 in Billings and $2.46 in Ogden.

 

HIGWAY FATALITY

(Riverton) – Alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as contributing factors in a head-on crash that killed a 60-year-old Wyoming man near Sundance Friday night.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Terry O’Donnell was westbound in a pickup when an oncoming pickup crossed into his lane of travel causing the wreck.

O’Donnell was killed while the two occupants of the oncoming vehicle suffered multiple injuries.

Their names have not been released.