Don't even think about outside burning Friday & Saturday

*Feature Photo: This fence and highway right of way was burned just outside of Worland. (WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - With above normal temperatures and gusty winds forecast for Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Riverton is discouraging outdoor burning. According to radio reports, a cigarette flung from a vehicle and a controlled burn both flared up in dry foilage Thursday afternoon on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Ethete and Fort Washakie, respectfully, but were contained. Friday's fire outlook spans from Rock Springs to Casper while Saturday's is for the Big Horn Basin and again in Casper. Some temperatures may approach record levels and the relative humidity is expected to be in the 15 to 25 percent range. A cold front is expected to enter the area on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is encouraging folks planning to burn fields and ditches to be careful and follow the NWS advice of “Learn Before You Burn.” "Frequently our calm mornings turn windy during the afternoon," said Chris Jones of the Riverton NWS office. "Having an up-to-date wind speed and direction forecast can help you decide whether or not dropping the match is worth the risk." Jones said federal and state land management agencies routinely obtain weather forecasts from the NWS and that the general public should do the same. The Riverton NWS office can be contacted 24 hours a day by phone at 1-800-211-1448. Area-specific forecasts are also available online at or on smart phones at Highway conditions and remote weather information are available at Citizens conducting a field burn are not only responsible for what happens on their own property, they may also be held criminally and civilly liable from damages to federal and state property. This includes, but is not limited to, right-of-way fencing, according to WYDOT District 5 Engineer Shelby Carlson of Basin. “From WYDOT’s perspective, the safety of the traveling public, workers and volunteers in the rights-of-way is first and foremost in decisions made regarding activity on or along the state highway system,” said Carlson. “The situation of burning highway rights-of-way generates safety concerns for the traveling public by the potential of limited visibility caused by low-hanging smoke and damage to fences, signs, sign posts, guardrail and permitted utilities. Damage to any of these items may increase the potential for a crash or otherwise jeopardize the safety of the highway user." Landowners, conservation districts, and others who plan to conduct prescribed burning activities are strongly encouraged to check the latest weather forecast. They should also inform local government officials of burn plans as well. #county10 #springcity #news