Sheridan County, WY— The Billings Weather office has issued a warning for increased threat of rangeland fires this weekend. On behalf of the Sheridan County Board of Commissioners and the Rural Fire Departments, County Fire Warden Chris Thomas is urging the public to be very cautious with any open burning this spring.
Grass is now very dry and flammable. Windy conditions make for high fire danger. Many of the Fire Departments have already responded to escaped burns this spring.
Prior to any planned burning prior please:
- Notify the Dispatch Center at 307-672-2413 so the fire department doesn’t show up uninvited
- Check the weather forecast for warnings and if increased winds are predicted, avoid burning prior and during that time
- Have fire tools, water and a phone readily available
- Do not delay calling for help if your burn gets out of hand as early response can minimize control efforts and potential damage