Air Quality Awareness Week: Wildfires in Wyoming

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Air Quality Awareness Week: Wildfires in Wyoming

Air Quality Fact: In 2017, fires burned a total of 93,015 acres in Wyoming. Fires in surrounding states can also have impacts in Wyoming, as we saw with smoke from fires in Montana, which burned more than one million acres in 2017. Some fires are caused naturally, while others are part of controlled burns meant to maintain the health of national forests.

Resource: The Wyoming Air Quality Division cannot control wildfires, it does have a smoke management program that manages air emissions from large scale controlled burning. More information can be found here: http://deq.wyoming.gov/aqd/smoke-management-and-open-burning/. A great resource to tell where fires are currently burning, whether prescribed burns or wildfires, is InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. You can get more information on where fires are currently burning in the U.S., and more detailed information about each fire.

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