Solar eclipse prompts Wyoming fire bans

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 11:41 AM MDT
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Federal and state agencies have put fire bans in place across Wyoming in preparation of Monday's solar eclipse, which is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to Wyoming.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have implemented the bans on most public areas.

Brian Nesvik with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the department is also restricting all fires for the eclipse on land it owns.

Fire restrictions are also in place on many national forest lands and in Grand Teton National Park.

Nesvik says many public access areas have only one way in and out, which could make a wildfire particularly dangerous if such areas fill with people.