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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

7,143 acres burned in Washakie County


January 9, 2018

=WORLAND – During the 2017 fire season there were 211,840 acres or 331 square miles burned. Washakie County’s share in that was around 7,143 acres or 11.16 square miles.

Worland Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Chris Kocher stated that the fire department responded to about 50 fires each burning anywhere from .10 acres to over 3,000 acres. The Banjo Fire was the largest in the area burning 3,367 acres. According to the Worland Fire Department Facebook page the Banjo Fire was a very fast moving fire, rapidly moving in three different directions.

The fires in the area kept fire personnel on their toes as for most of the summer as a new fire seemed to occur almost daily and on some days more than one needed to be extinguished.


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