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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Looks can be deceiving: Last year's high grasses can easily become this year's wildfire

WORLAND – Winter appears to have finally given up its battle for supremacy and graciously admitted defeat to spring, much to the delight of man and beast. But as the weather warms and the snow disappears, many spring projects are unearthed.

 

March 21, 2018

Tracie Mitchell

What was supposed to be a small controlled fire rapidly spread in all directions with about two foot high cheatgrass as fuel. The fire consumed 5.6 acres and a corral before being extinguished by the landowner and the Ten Sleep Fire Department Monday afternoon just outside of Ten Sleep.

WORLAND – Winter appears to have finally given up its battle for supremacy and graciously admitted defeat to spring, much to the delight of man and beast. But as the weather warms and the snow disappears, many spring projects are unearthed.

One spring project for many is getting rid of the dead grasses, leaves and debris from the year before, usually by fire, which can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not followed.

Worland Fire Department Chief Chris Kocher stated that the bumper crop of cheatgrass and other debris from last year, which many people are trying to clean up in the...



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