Building a Weather-Ready Nation
Fire danger increases rapidly in the spring once the snow beings to melt, especially in windy areas such as Cody, Dubois, Buffalo, and Casper. These conditions result in several agricultural burns getting out of control year after year. The National Weather Service in Riverton is advising people to get the most up-to-date weather forecast before conducting agricultural burns - Learn Before You Burn!
This property was damaged when a neighbor lost control of their agricultural burn.
Call us at 800-211-1448 to ask about the weather conditions. We can help you decide when the weather conditions will work - for you instead of against you!
“It is common for calm morning wind to give way to gusty wind around the midday hours during this time of year,” said Kelly Allen, Meteorologist and Fire Weather Program Manager at the Riverton National Weather Service office. “Having a weather forecast of exactly how and when the wind speed and direction may change during the day is valuable in the burn planning process. Federal and state land management agencies routinely ask us for this information. The general public should do the same.” Allen added that dormant vegetation is primed for quick burning and that agricultural burns can easily become uncontrollable.
Landowners, conservation districts, and others who plan to conduct prescribed burning activities are strongly encouraged to check the latest weather forecast by calling the National Weather Service in Riverton toll-free at 1-800-211-1448. They should inform local government officials of burn plans as well.
Don't let your property become a statistic!
It is clear that acricultural burning is necessary, but it can be risky. Here are some tips on how to reduce that risk:
4. Establish Firebreaks. Create firebreaks by raking or plowing around the area that you would like to burn. Keep that area free of vegetation and wide enough to protect what you don't want damaged outside the burn area. 7. Control the Fire!
1. Call the National Weather Service any time of the day or night, any day of the week at 800-211-1448. The weather can play a pivotal role in whether your burn is successful or not. Light winds in the morning can become strong in the afternoon at the blink of an eye. We can tell you if that is likely to happen on the day you would like to burn and we can help you find a safer day if necessary.
2. Call the Local Authorities. By calling the authorities first you ensure that your burn is legal and that it is not taxing resources unnecessarily. The local sheriff and your local fire department do not want to field calls about your burn and have them turn into a false alarm. In addition, you may have to obtain a burning permit.
3. Talk to your Neighbors. Let them know your plans, as a matter of safety and courtesy.
5. Ready Water and Equipment. Have a reliable water source available. Line up your hand tools such as rakes and shovels in advance and have them readily available for all participants.
6. Plan Before Burning.
Remember: Your fire is your responsibility!
4. Establish Firebreaks. Create firebreaks by raking or plowing around the area that you would like to burn. Keep that area free of vegetation and wide enough to protect what you don't want damaged outside the burn area.
7. Control the Fire!
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Check the latest Weather Story graphic for an overview of the area forecast.
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