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Afternoon winds fueling grass fires

Afternoon winds fueling grass fires

The Lander area has seen a rash of grass fires the last couple days as afternoon winds repeatedly get a hold of controlled burns and push them outside their boundaries. [image: 27 Deadman Gulch 3.20 (10).JPG] On Saturday, a trash barrel burn got carried away by winds near Ethete and burned 1.7 acres. A small escaped burn on Deadman Gulch Road was knocked down on Sunday, as was a 2.5 acre out-of-control burn on Baldwin Creek Road. Today, a large grass fire took a little while to contain out on Lyons Valley Road; firefighters from around the county drove in to knock it down. Lander Rural Fire Chief Nick Johnson said the spring afternoon winds have begun, and he highly advised people who need to burn to do so early in the morning and report it to dispatch. Always check the weather ahead of time and keep a water source available in case the fire starts to move where it shouldn't. *photo h/t Jim Moore / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news