By Ruffin Prevost – Bears are typically the endangered or threatened species people most closely associate with the wide open spaces of Wyoming, including the state’s national parks. But Wyoming’s open spaces are teeming with a diverse array of plants and animals that you may never have seen, or even heard of.
Buffalo, WYO – The Gilead Fire, ignited by a lightning strike back on August 14th just 10 miles NW of Buffalo is not 50% contained according to Incident Commander Geoff Bell. The area of the fire, however, is at 6,350 acres of steep barely passable terrain. Experts say it will not be finally and fully [...]
Chuck Russell’s type 3 incident management team assumed command of the fire on August 30. Since then it has not been contained and continues to grow — now about 4430 acres with 221 firefighters working to contain and extinguish the fire in the steep and rocky terrain.
Firefighter and public safety has been the highest priority for fire managers. The incident management team is working closely with the Bighorn National Forest, Johnson and Sheridan counties, and the State of Wyoming. The NFS is working out of Johnson County’s FD #1 in Buffalo, and NFS informational officer Jackie Parks has nothing but high marks for JC facilities and personnel. Parks said that the steep, rugged, and rocky terrain and extremely dry fuels are influencing containment on this incident. An area closure is in effect to provide for public and firefighter health and safety.
JOIN THE WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION ON OUR ROCK CREEK RECOMMENDED WILDERNESS ART AND WRITING CAMPOUT!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 24-26
Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness, Bighorn National Forest
Spend the weekend in Rock Creek with this father/daughter team: writing with Emilene Ostlind, a native of Sheridan County and painting with Joel Ostlind, extraordinary landscape artist. Freelance writer, Emilene writes stories about communities and natural resources in the West, having published and presented the “Pronghorn Passage”. Joel shows his work in many galleries across the West including the Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum and resides in Big Horn.