|August 2, 2006|
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Fire Prevention Team Established to Promote Wildfire Awareness in WY
The extremely high fire danger throughout Wyoming and much of the Western United States has prompted land managers and fire departments to step up fire prevention and awareness activities.
To help achieve this in Wyoming, a National Interagency Fire Prevention Education Team has been assigned to Casper for 31 day to assist local, state, and federal cooperating agencies and fire departments in raising fire prevention awareness throughout the state of Wyoming.
The national Fire Prevention Education Team will arrive in Casper on August 7, 2006 and will be based at the Parkway Plaza. Their primary objectives of the team are to assist local fire prevention programs, increase public understanding of the role and behavior of fire, encourage homeowners to take actions to reduce wildfire risk to their properties, and alert hunters and local recreation users in Wyoming to the fire danger.
A Coordinating Command group of fire managers from state and federal agencies representing Wyoming requested the team’s assistance. “Whatever the public can do to prevent new fires and reduce risk to themselves and their property will help fire managers,” states John Glenn, Fire Management Director for the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office. “We are having enough problems now with lightning caused fires across the state. We don’t want to add human caused fires now in this time of shortage of fire fighting resources.”