Officials with the Bighorn National Forest are asking the public to make every effort to prevent human caused fire on the National Forest. As of August 12th, firefighters have responded to six forest fires on the Bighorn National Forest, four of which were started by lightning. BHNF Public Affairs Specialist Susie Douglas says that the recent storms have raised the potential for large fires.
Douglas stated that there isn't much in terms of prevention they can do regarding lightning caused fires, but it's the human caused fires that are usually 100 percent preventable.
Douglas pointed out that anyone identified abandoning a campfire or leaving it unattended can be fined or be held liable for any costs associated with the resulting wildfire response.
Douglas said that if anyone spots a wildfire in the National Forest, they should call either 911 or the Cody Inter-agency Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9954. She added that typically, fire season in the Bighorns lasts through mid September.