CHEYENNE (AP) - The Wyoming State Forestry Division says more than fifty large range fires burned at least 93,000 acres of state and private land this year.
The tally, released Monday, includes fires the division helped battle across the state, most of which occurred over the summer. It does not include most large fires in national parks and forests in Wyoming that were handled by federal agencies.
Deputy State Forester Dan Perko said a wet spring and a lot of cheatgrass that tends to dry out early provided a lot of fuel for fires in grass and mixed timber areas on mostly state and private land and mainly in the eastern half of the state.
The State Forestry Division says it has spent about $8.7 million on forest fires so far this year.