A wildfire in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming that once threatened to burn through the entire state for the next two decades has been put out.
The blaze that burned through the small community of Sierra Trading Post in August 2005 killed one man and damaged at least eight homes.
That wildfire, which was so large it could cover more than 1,000 acres in size, was the first fire to burn out of control in Wyoming in more than a century.
Since then, other small fires have flared in the state and the fire risk has increased.
It’s a pattern that has persisted since the Great Fire of 1889, when thousands of people fled their homes in the mountains and faced a major fire threat.
But as the fires in Wyoming have burned, the state has had to learn to manage its natural fires better, and that’s something many people aren’t ready for, said Matt Wahl, a senior research fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The trend has been apparent in Wyoming for a while, Wahl said.
The last fire to blaze out of the Rocky Mountain states in less than a decade was the Big Bend Fire in 2013.
That blaze burned through a sparsely populated area in the western part of the state, burning through a dense wooded area and killing at least three people, Wager said.
But in the last two years, the Wyoming Department of Natural Resources has been trying to minimize the risk of another wildfire.
Wager pointed to the state’s decision to ban the sale of fuel oil and propane in the mid-1980s, which helped slow the spread of the wildfire, but said the ban has also caused some residents to flee.
Wahl and his colleagues at the University of Wyoming, a public research university, are looking into how to increase the fire risks, and what might be needed to address the threat of a fire like the Sierra Trading post fire.
“We are hoping to make some recommendations to the governor, but at this point it’s not a sure thing,” he said.
“The only thing we can really say for sure is that we’re going to continue to work hard to minimize this risk.”
The wildfire season is one of the busiest on record in Wyoming, Wagers said.
There are more than 5,000 active fires across the state this year, and the last time that happened, the number of active fires in the region was less than 300, according to the Wyoming Division of Forestry.
The fire risk is expected to increase because of the dry conditions in the Rockies, which have created a high fire danger, Wagen said.
It may take more than one fire to start a wildfire, Wanger said, and it may take two or three fires to start it.
Wagen has worked on a similar project to help minimize wildfire risk in the Midwest.
He’s been working with a team of researchers to study the risk to a small region of the U.S. that includes the Great Lakes and Great Plains.
That study, called Wildfire Risk in the United States, is part of a larger project called Fire Risk Assessment for the U, a project that was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and has been supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
That work will be released in a report later this year.
Wager said that the work of studying wildfire risk is important because it’s something that could become a more widespread problem, especially with climate change.
Wagens study of the Great Plains will look at a region of about 50 million people in the U: about 10 percent of the entire U.s.
Waggoner said there are currently more than 500 fires in that region.
The number of wildfires in the Great Basin is much higher because of what he calls the Great Flood.
That flood in the early 1900s killed an estimated 200,000 people in that area and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Wagers study will focus on the effects of climate change on wildfire, and how the fires may change.
The fire risk in Wyoming is different from the region that Wagen is studying, because the state is far from the Rocky mountains, Wagener said.
In the Great Salt Lake region of Wyoming and Idaho, the fires are not as extensive as in the northwestern part of Wyoming.
And Wagen and his team are working with the Forest Service to try to study wildfire risks there, Waggener said, but it’s too early to know if they’ll be able to get the kind of results they want.
What the science says…
The science says you should probably stay indoors if you have a pet and keep your windows closed.
Climate change is increasing the risk for wildfires.
Climate models predict the future will be hotter and drier, and wildfires will become more likely, as global temperatures increase.
These are not normal, normal, everyday events.
And the science tells us that even in areas that are normally drier and cooler, fires will still be more likely.
That’s because the warming climate