Eclipse Brings Wildfire Concerns | Big Horn Basin Media

Solar Eclipse Brings Wildfire Concerns

Written by on August 8, 2017

The high visitation expected for the total solar eclipse in Wyoming brings another, less obvious concern – the chance for wildfires.
An increased number of visitors to the region also increases the number of people camping and building campfires – and the total solar eclipse on August 21 will take place during peak fire season in Western Wyoming.
So the National Forest Service is reminding visitors and local residents alike that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires, so it is important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving a site.
Visitors have abandoned 56 campfires on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and in Grand Teton National Park so far this summer.

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