Firesmart Picnic Saturday Educates Homeowners

Written by on June 13, 2019

The number of homes being built in the wildland-urban interface is growing.

And that means trouble in a nation that is seeing more and more catastrophic wildfires. Officials estimate that there are about 44 million homes now in areas surrounded by forest land nationwide – so a local organization is putting together a fun outing this weekend to help educate homeowners about how they can keep their residences safe.

The annual Bighorn Basin Firesmart picnic will be this Saturday, June 15th, at the Willow Park Group Area above Ten Sleep.  Chris Weydeveld, the local Firesmart Coordinator, says cabin and home owners are invited to come up and learn about wildfire preparedness and living with fire, both in the mountains and lowlands, and to enjoy a free BBQ lunch.

Weydeveld points out that this event is geared towards home and cabin owners in Washakie County, but says many residents in the Basin have cabins in Washakie County. He notes that homeowners will come away with simple steps that will help them protect their property in the case of a wildfire.


This picnic, which begins at 11 a.m. and goes to 2 p.m., is an annual event hosted by Washakie County Firesmart and the West Tensleep Creek Cabin Owners Association.

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