Wyoming Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting
Wyoming joins over 30 other state Prescribed Fire Councils under the umbrella of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Over the last two days the Wyoming Prescribed Fire Council held the annual meeting. The Council was formed in 2018, with the mission to protect the right to burn, encourage the use of prescribed fire and promote public understanding of prescribed fire. Many of the board members are former and current State Forestry officials with extensive backgrounds in Fire projects in western Wyoming, air quality and fire training.
During the two day virtual session the group discussed updates from WY-PFC reports from around the country about certified prescribed burner programs. Wyoming joins over 30 other state Prescribed Fire Councils under the umbrella of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils.
The Fire council asked the Department of Environmental Quality to provide insight during the meeting on how prescribed burning of the land goes hand in hand with Wyoming’s air quality. As we saw from the recent wildfires, The D.E.Q says near field smoke has grave impacts on the air quality in Wyoming. Quote saying the prescribed burns help the state prepare for the next time natural disaster occurs.
Earlier this fall the skies were blood orange, the skies were filled with ashes and the air quality in SE Wyoming was similar to walking in 24/7 chimney. Life in a rural state where fires fires are the inevitable forces residents to stay in their homes and avoid being out in public. When this happens the D.E.Q and the National Weather Service issues the air quality warnings. Health Officials recommend no matter if someone has preexisting respiratory conditions, people should avoid breathing in the smoky air.
The prescribed Fire council concluded saying one benefit to putting fire on the ground is it helps the conflagration that destroys land and property.
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