Wildfire Season Close

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As summer approaches, wildfire potentials increase from risks during drier and hotter months.

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack spoke with emergency responders about preparations for the upcoming season.

"We're going to see probably an increase in the amount of wild land fires."

Experts predict 2017 will be an average year for wildfires.

Firefighters prepare for another active season. As temperatures rise and conditions dry out, that's when prevention measures become important. Campfires, cigarette butts, and charcoal grills remain leading causes for fire hazards.

"That's all it takes for the fuels to be ready to burn, so everyone needs to keep up and redouble their efforts from preventing wild land fires and staying on top of it," said Dane Andersen from Casper Fire-EMS.

One case near Platte River could've been worse if it weren't caught in time.

"On the north side of the river, there was a report to us a small wild land fire. When we got there, we found about a 20 by 30 area that had been burned. And what it looked like was a makeshift camp that had a feature to campfire, and the campfire had escaped from the area of origin."

Bureau of Land Management officials say several fire cases have been seen, but nothing dangerous yet.

"We've had a few little starts this year, but this year they're usually fairly easy to contain," said Brady Owens from the Bureau Land Management, Wyoming High Plains District Area.

There aren't many BLM restrictions regarding campfires, but keeping it under control helps reduce chances.

"You also make sure that you never leave fires unattended, and you always use fire rings to help contain those campfires."

And that's when preparation becomes key.

"Just simple steps can definitely help people and uh if the worst should happen."

Families should also have a 72 hour emergency evacuation plan, if any wild fire poses threats.

Last year, nearly 700 wildfires occurred in Wyoming.