USFS Reallocates Fire Crew To Save Funds

USFS Reallocates Fire Crew To Save Funds

This week, The Associated Press reported a fire crew has been removed from the Big Horn National Forest.

Jon Warder, fire management officer, said the crew will now be based out of Sheridan. Previously, the Forest Service kept a crew of 4-6 firefighters at the Big Goose Ranger Station, close to Park Reservoir. However, keeping a crew up there costs approximately $10,000 per year for propane. By basing the crew in town, that cost is eliminated entirely. Warder said he doubts fire protection will be compromised.

The Forest Service plans to keep a crew stationed at a ranger station near Burgess Junction, and the old Big Goose crew will only be a 45-minute drive away from their area.

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