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7/19/2013 - Update: Fire restrictions have been dropped! Details
 
 
Medicine Bow News Release
 
Fire Restrictions to go into Effect on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

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 Unless noted by an exception, and until restrictions are rescinded, forest visitors cannot: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

 

  • Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, WY, (307) 326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards Street, Douglas, WY, (307)358-4690
  • Laramie Ranger District, 2468 Jackson Street, Laramie, WY, (307)745-2300
  • Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO, (970)870-2299
  • Parks Ranger District, 100 Main Street, Walden, CO, (970)723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO, (970)638-4516

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.

6/18/2013

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.

  • Travis is setting up a compass course for this year’s activity.
  • Kurt is looking into a new Banner for ACSSAR
  • Dan is ordering 240 Mylar Survival Blankest with sticker as promotional item.
  • Will provide Ice water again this year.

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)

  1. Prior to the training, members planning on attending and being reimbursed must submit an application ( to be defined ) to the board of directors. The Board of Directors will determine the eligibility of reimbursement as it pertains to the organization and its goals and based on the members participation over the previous years. The application must be submitted at least one Prior Month/Board meeting to the class.
  2. Once the class has been completed, a copy of certificate along with all receipts must be submitted. Up to 50% of the class\training can be covered; the BoD also may opt to pay up to 50% of the travel and lodging expense as well.

 

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

  • 1905 meeting start: review of Dog show attendance roster, will send out another e-mail to encourage participation. WyoTech attendance expected to increase as date approaches. Orientation will be around noon on Saturday the 25th.
  • Spencer sent an e-mail wanting to do a mock search/ SAR exercise or joint exercise with SE WY SAR on any of the following dates: 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, or 31st of August. This would take place in Vedauwoo. The board will bring up the possible training for consideration in this month’s meeting.
  • Swift water training will be this month, classroom will be after the meeting, and the field exercise will be determined by trainers.
  • There is a proposal to move the search management training from the summer months to a possible fall date. This is still a fluid training date with no firm plans as of yet.
  • Donation letters have gone out and Vikki has received over $300 (non-website) so far.
  • The possibility of at least a partial reimbursement from the group for training attended out of town is brought up again. The main argument remains retention of trained members within the group. The points system is a good method of viewing how active a member might be and thus what the risk would be.
  • Reimbursement for gas and other personal recourses was brought up, although there is a system in place, the possibility of being reimbursed is still low. Ultimately; this is a volunteer organization and we are not employees of the county.
  • Dan would like to put up biographies (short) on the ACSAR website. This could be public relations for individual business that each member is a part of.
  • Matt will be building a Facebook ACSAR page. It will be run as an organization and display photo’s of training, training opportunities, and other public releases. The website will not post any business about past, current, or future searches.
  • Red Cross is offering an instructors course to help build instructors in local areas. This is focused on organizations like SAR to help us build funds by offering training to the public.
  • MOTION; for members of ACSAR who are instructors through Red Cross to be able to teach classes to the public under the ACSAR name (Cathi 2nd) vote is unanimous “aye” and passes. Travis Wright will develop a plan of action and paperwork.
  • Dan trains the board and officers on call out procedures. Several board members and officers were also made admins for albanycountysar.org website in order to facilitate call outs in case the Pres. And V.P. are out on call already or OOS.

 

In Attendance:

Justin Curtwright

Dan Hutchinson

Cathi Carr-Lundfelt

Harold Magness

Travis Wright

Matt Allshouse

Kurt Braisted

Josh Hurt

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

  • Firecraft class, need to keep skills up to date (all skills)
  • Cathi instructed search basics to UW posse
  • We need to keep practicing together to build the team
  • Torrington re-scheduled traing to July
  • Still working on “managing the search” class

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

  • Please check out the website for information, especially the new points system
  • Comments are encouraged
  • Oil leak on generater still needs fixed

1920 (Harold) move to adjourn

Training for the meeting is Ropes & Knots

Time      Subject

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.

Thanks

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.

For more on the story visit:

http://www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2012/10/12/news/doc5077a8f28385a135601717.txt

http://www.co.albany.wy.us/psa-10-11-2012.aspx

http://www.co.albany.wy.us/psa-10-12-2012.aspx

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