Release Date: Jul 1, 2013
Contact: Larry Sandoval, (307) 745-2420 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323
Press Release in PDF format
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 1, 2013 –
Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests at 12:01 a.m. on July 2, 2013. This decision, which was made in coordination with multiple agencies and counties, was prompted by a combination of factors that include rapidly drying vegetation, ongoing drought conditions, growing fire danger, and unfavorable fire weather forecasts.
“Despite improved snowpack and a relatively wet spring, conditions are quickly changing and forest vegetation that was recently green is now at increased risk of burning,” said Phil Cruz, Forest Supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). “Last year all but one of our four large fires was started by lightning; however, even one human-caused fire is too many and we hope to proactively reduce this risk by implementing restrictions that are now warranted.”
Fire restrictions are needed to help protect public safety and natural resources. They primarily limit where and what types of fires are allowed, however, all prohibitions listed below should be noted and followed. Unless noted by an exception, and until restrictions are rescinded, forest visitors cannot:
1. Build or maintain a fire, or use charcoal, except within permanent fire pits (steel fire rings) or grates provided at Forest Service developed campgrounds or picnic areas. *Note: personal and/or homemade fire pits/rings are not allowed.
Other excepted devices include:
· Portable stoves, lanterns and heating devices that use petroleum fuels such as pressurized liquid gas or propane that can be readily controlled by a valve.
· Fully enclosed woodstoves with a ¼” spark arrester screen.
2. Use explosives. This includes all fireworks, which are always prohibited on National Forest lands, as well as exploding targets used for recreational shooting.
3. Smoke cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc; except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
4. Operate acetylene or other torch with open flame (includes welding), unless specifically authorized in writing by the Forest Service.
5. Operate internal or external combustion engines (e.g. chainsaws, ATVs, dirtbikes, generators, etc) without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
Violation of these regulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both. Anyone responsible for starting a wildland fire could also be held financially liable for fire suppression costs.
At this time, fire restrictions are not in effect on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Conditions will be monitored throughout the summer to make future decisions on maintaining or rescinding Stage 1 restrictions, or elevating them to Stage 2, which is a complete fire ban.
For more information contact the following Forest Service Offices, go to our website at http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG.
Saturday June 29th Members of Albany County Sheriffs Search and Rescue and Deputies with the Albany County Sheriffs office participated in High Angle Rescue training at Vedauwoo. Participants went through setting up litter raising and lowering, gear placement and safety.
ACSSAR Board Meeting
In Attendance: Kurt Braisted , Cathi Carr-Lundfelt, Justin Curtright, Travis Wright, Dan Hutchison (Bold = Director)
Meeting Called to order @ 7:05 pm
First order of business was a report from Travis and Justin on the recent First Aid Class provided to V-Bar Guest Ranch. The Class was long and there were some catches with getting the cards with the American Red Cross. Lessons Learned for next time.
In the near future ACSSAR will be able to provide the classes for the community, but the Red Cross of Wyoming and Colorado is in the middle of an reorganization and that has been delayed. Looking forward it may be December time frame now.
Freedom Has a Birthday – We have a booth.
Jubilee Days Parade – We need to see if the Sheriff’s office is doing it again this year? If we can jump in with them, or do our own? 7/13/2013
Dan is still working on the Mockups for the Bio Page. All Officers and Board to start with…
The board in the case of external training has approved the following for guide lines with reimbursement. (Kurt Motioned, Travis Seconded, All were in favor)
Going forward the Board will be working on a budget to better help understand the sustainability of the training.
In other training and regional news, Brandon York from the Wyoming Mounted SAR is looking at the possibility of a SARTech II class this fall.
SEWYSAR is working on a joint training exercise for Aug 24th. Please keep this date open as we will want to have team members there.
ACSSAR also received a letter offering flight assistance including Flight time and Fuel from Dr. Tomas Bienz from Premier Bone & Joint. A copy of the letter will be passed on to the Sheriff's office. ACSSAR would like to Thank Dr. Bienz for his offer of donation!
Meeting Adjourned at 8:45pm
Laramie Girl Scouts Troop 1516 Showing off their Outdoor Essentials packs provided by ACSSAR on their way to a Hiking Badge!
Members from Albany County Sheriff's Search & Rescue recently spent and evening with Troop 1516 talking about Outdoor First Aid, Hypothermia, Frost Bite and other outdoor related dangers as they work for their First Aid Badge.
ACSAR Board Meeting 21-May-13
Aprils training was the first in a series of high angle rescue trainings. Participants were briefed in the gear used in high angle rescue along with practicing knots. More training will be offered in the coming months as the weather allows.
A special thanks to Neil and Russ Mathison, Jerry Hamann, and Chad Dinges for their time instructing the class.
30 APR 2013
1901 Meeting start
1911 financial report/Training report
1915 reminder; stillneed more people for dog show volunteer, it is the biggest event for us
1916 picked up 20w solar panels, moving trailer from Mike and Vicki’s to the county yard, we will need to check on it more often because of the move, check that batteries are still good
1920 (Harold) move to adjourn
Training for the meeting is Ropes & Knots
1902 We started our regular board meeting with a discussion about a possible joint effort with a seperate agency for fund raising. This agency is called
West Lake Events. WLE would come in, establish a variety of fund raising activities (i.e. concerts, kids plays) and we would receive a
guaranteed amount of the proceeds. The contract with this agency would be 3 years. A decision was not made about this yet, as we would like to
investigate this further.
1918 The annual fundraising letter was brought up with the suggestion that we should include what the funds this year would be put towards.
1920 The MLPI class that Cathi has been working on would be available date: T.B.D.. The instructor has said that he only needs cost of travel to come and
offer the class for us. We would also like to find out if the Sheriff's office has any interest in sending any deputies to this class.
1930 Cathi also brought up training in April. This coming month's training would be fire starting (using various methods) along with trailer orientation.
We are hoping that this training take place at the First Training Center to mitigate risk of setting several small fires.
1935 Justin (President) will OOS (Out of Service) for most of April
1940 The issue of elections upcoming was brought up. We do not have an adequate amount of people for the various positions up for election. This includes
Board members. The Board and officers discussed it, and it will be allowed for Officers to also serve as a Board member.
1952 High Angle Training; was discussed. with no further information about when a possible training would be held, the Board decided to set up a firm date
for High Angle training. If need be, we will pull from outside sources to instruct this course.
1956 R.O.P. overview
-all changes to R.O.P.'s were approved by board and officers.
2028 Dan would like to cover call out procedures during the next meeting
2035 We discussed the organization of the monthly meetings
- Board meeting minutes as well as monthly meeting minutes will be posted online so that anyone can read at any time before a meeting.
- Have a set agenda for meeting for those that want to attend training but do not want to discuss business.
- we want to encourage more participation from members by possibly ackowledging their efforts within the group
- we would also like to encourage more people to come and volunteer
2040 Meeting adjourned
ACSSAR is currently working on putting together an High Angle Rescue Training class. We need to gauge interest so we can start to plan.
The class will include several familiarization classes with the gear and techniques, as well as several outdoor exercises. The dates have yet to be finalized, but will be starting in the midwinter/spring and will conclude with late spring early summer.
If you are interested please email, so we can begin to build a list participants.
Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue received a call to help in locating overdue plane on October 10th. Teams were dispatched on October 11th to the Laramie Peak area of Albany County.
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At 6:20 pm on August 24th ACSSAR received a call on a lost hiker near the Little Laramie Trail Head.
Subject was a 9 year old male separated from his family approximately 2:30 pm that day.
SAR responded with 10 searchers along with Approximately 6-10 deputy's from Albany County Sheriffs Office, and numerous others that helped out.
The subject was located approximately 8:10 pm in good condition on Sand Lake road.
Thanks to all who helped in the search and responded quickly!
For the Latest Information on Albany County Fire Bans visit: http://www.co.albany.wy.us/
For the Latest Information on the Medicine Bow Natioanl Forest Visit : http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbr/home
Passing along some info from the Medicine Bow National Forest:
Contact: Larry Sandoval, (307) 745-2420 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 14, 2012 – Stage I fire restrictions went into effect on the Medicine Bow National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland as of midnight on June 14, 2012. Restrictions are necessary to protect public health and safety as well as natural and cultural resources. Record low snowpack in addition to an early and unseasonably warm, dry spring have prompted the restrictions. This decision, which was made in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry Division as well as Albany and Carbon Counties, follows the implementation of fire restrictions last week on the Routt National Forest in northern Colorado.
More Information: Link
Albany County Wyoming has also issued Fire Ban, Read more here: Link