Weston County Fire Warden

Photo courtesy of Daniel Tysdal

Firefighters fill up a tanker in the area of the Cellers Fire last week. The fire started the evening of June 23 and burned through the night, destroying more than 3,380 acres of grass and sagebrush. 

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Flames in the distance, smoke in the air and calls for prayers on Facebook, a scene all too familiar during a drought and fire season in Wyoming. This is exactly what loomed in the distance as a thunder storm rolled into the area the afternoon of June 23. ...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Dry conditions across northeast Wyoming have contributed to more acres burning in 2021 — 1,270.7 acres — than in the last four years combined (1,096.7 acres), according to Weston County Fire Warden Daniel Tysdal.  “As of today, we have had 15 wildland fires already...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Last week Weston County Engine 513 went to South Dakota to aid in the suppression and containment of the Schroeder fire near Rapid City, according to Weston County Fire Warden Daniel Tysdal.  “Initially, Weston County Engine 513 was ordered for the Bobcat fire near...

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The pond located on Kenwood Drive is extremely low after two years of nearly covering the road in 2018 and 2019. Drought has persisted in Weston County with fires already becoming an issue in the Black HIlls. 

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Continued dry weather in Weston County over the past year has led to an increase in fire danger, although no burn ban is in place at this time, according to Daniel Tysdal, Weston County fire warden. Last summer was extremely dry and 2021 to date has been similarly...

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On Feb. 10 the Bureau of Land Management, with the help of Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, took advantage of the cold and increased snowfall to burn piles of cleared brush at a location north of Newcastle off Canyon Springs Road. The piles were primarily from cedars and pines that were cut down to help keep the natural meadow intact. The process contributed in several ways. First it keeps the meadow as it has been for many years, making sure the forest does not encroach on it. This keeps the natural fire break in place, just in case a fire does break out. The ashes from the burn also provide nutrients for natural plants in the meadow.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Bureau of Land Management, through the Newcastle Field Office, has conducted several controlled burns throughout the last several months, according to a release from the agency, taking advantage of cooler temperatures and increased snow. The timing and extent of...

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