Expert tips to keep that fire in check
Out with the old, in with the new. Although, we’re all anxious to start seeing that bright, spring green emerge from the ditches, let’s not let things get out of hand. Some of the best advice we can get comes from the Wind River Fire Prevention Council.
They say there are a few things you should always do BEFORE YOU BURN.
No. 1 – Call before you light!
First, call and get a planning forecast from the National Weather Service – 800-211-1448
Second, notify your local dispatch center (and neighbors) when you are burning.
- Fremont County Sheriff – 800-967-2302
- Riverton Fire District/Police Dispatch – 307-856-4891
- Bureau of Indian Affairs – A PERMIT IS REQUIRED to burn on the Wind River Reservation! – 307-332-4408
No. 2 – Prepare your property
Establish firebreaks by raking or plowing around the area you want to burn. Keep that area free of vegetation and wide enough to protect what you don’t want damaged outside the burn area.
Have a reliable water source available and line up your hand tools such as rakes and shovels in advance.
No. 3 – Plan ahead
* Begin with the areas that pose the greatest threat of becoming difficult to control.
Finally, control the Fire!
- Stay with the fire at all times
- Have plenty of helpers on hand
- Keep debris piles small
- Do not hesitate to call 911 if the fire gets out of hand
- When finished, ensure that the fire is completely out.
Your fire is your responsibility!
This information is brought to you by the Wind River Fire Prevention Council and the National Weather Service. For more resources and information: