Story Community Applies For Fire Break Grant

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Residents of Story are hoping to establish a fire break like the one seen here.  A fire can be stopped by thinning out fuels.  (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Residents of Story are hoping to establish a fire break like the one seen here. A fire can be stopped by thinning out fuels. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Story community is hoping to get some help from the Wyoming Division of Forestry to build a fire break around the south and west borders of the town.

After last year's Gilead fire came within 8 miles of the settlement, cloaking the area in smoke for days on end, many Story residents were forced to address the threat of their homes being devoured by a forest fire. Bernie Spielman, a board member with the Story Community Fund, says the U.S. Forest Service is mutually wary about Story's fire risk.

Spielman said so far, the community has been able to raise $15,000 and an equivalent amount of in-kind labor to build the fire break, which has the board optimistic about getting their grant. The project would entail thinning out potential fuel to a fire, but would not leave a barren strip along the treeline.

Spielman said it could be as long as a year before they know if their grant will is approved.

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