Fire season starting early

Dry spring, human involvement lead to increase in wildland fires

Though Carbon County has received some much needed moisture in the past few days, fire departments throughout the county have been dealing with an increasing number of wildland fires due to a dryer-than-normal spring.

During the May 4 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC), interim Carbon County Fire Warden John Rutherford informed the board none of the fires were what he considered accidental.

“Unfortunately we’re having fires already. Little Snake River Valley’s had a few, Platte River Valley’s had a couple. The common denominator with those fires is people, across the b...


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