Hazard Tree Clearing Beginning along Forest Road 513 and Forest Road 517
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) October 16, 2012 – To facilitate safe, efficient removal of dead and dying trees affected by the ongoing bark beetle epidemic, a series of temporary road closures in the Dry Park area of the Laramie Ranger District (LRD) will be implemented this fall and winter. Beginning October 17, work will begin on Forest Road 513 (Engineer’s Road) between Forest Road 500 and Dry Park. Following the completion of work on Forest Road 513, a temporary road closure will be in effect on Forest Road 517 from Dry Park east to the National Forest/private land boundary.
The order of these operations and closures are intended to reduce impacts to recreationists. By treating Forest Road 513 first, impacts to Snowmobile Trail B, which is a very popular access route to the southern portion of the LRD, are expected to be minimized or eliminated. Similarly, by deferring treatment of the eastern portion of Forest Road 517, hunters will not be impacted in the Strain Creek and Lake Owen areas during the regular big-game seasons.
October 12, 2012
The pilot and (3) passengers aboard the Texas to Casper Flight have now been removed from the crash site located on the South Face of Laramie Peak.
The remains of the men are now in custody of the Albany County Coroner and will be taken to Colorado for an Autopsy that should be scheduled within the next day or so.
The recovery operation has lasted over 5 hours and is now concluded as of 3 P.M.
October 12, 2012
The recovery helicopter and crew arrived in the area of the crash site on the South face of Laramie Peak shortly after 10:00 a.m. and have briefed with ground command personnel. The crews have assessed the scene and as of 11:25 A.M. are preparing to lower recovery team members onto the charred remains of the plane.
Ground crew personnel are standing by at the base of Laramie Peak with members of the Albany County Coroner's office, to receive the remains of the (4) men that were aboard.. read more...
October 12, 2012
The charred remains of the aircraft that Albany County authorities have been searching for since the evening hour of October 9th has been located at 5:02 P.M. October 11, 2012. The United States Air force helicopter pilot has advised there are no signs of survivors.
The area of the crash is located on the upper South face of Laramie Peak at an elevation of over 9800 feet.
The crash debris is located in extremely rough and steep terrain and recovery operations will include a helicopter team of high angle recovery experts who will be lowered down to the crash site. Ground support personnel are already in the area awaiting the arrival of the helicopter from Sublette County Wyoming.. read more...
October 11, 2012
Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's Office, Members of the Albany County Volunteer Search and Rescue, University of Wyoming ROTC, Wyoming Civil Air Patrol, and United States Airforce have continued its second day of search efforts in the Laramie Peak area in Northern Albany County this morning.
A total of 40 ground team members are in the area focusing on ridge lines searching for any evidence of a possible downed aircraft.
Helicopter operations were conducted last night with infra-red equipment with no results . read more...
August 22, 2012
The recent smoky conditions experienced in the Laramie Valley are not a localized phenomenon. Smoke from fires as far away as California, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada are contributing to the smoke visible around the region. The smoke is not coming from fires in Wyoming or adjacent states.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service website (http://airquality.weather.gov) allows for the tracking of smoke from these fires. Those seeking more detailed information should click on the “Air Quality” tab and then on the surface smoke map. . read more...
July 2, 2012
Air Quality Nearby fire are causing air quality concerns. Air quality concerns will likely continue locally as wildfires in Albany County and Colorado grow. Potential health effects exist for all people, especially for those with compromised health, the elderly, the very young, and those with respiratory conditions. Albany County health officials suggest people stay indoors as much as possible to limit exposure to the smoke in the air. Stay indoors when you can see and smell smoke. We encourage you to be mindful of the potential health hazards caused by wildfire smoke. Wildfire smoke can irritate eyes, aggravate respiratory conditions, and worsen symptoms from heart or lung disease. read more...
June 26, 2012
Recent wildland fire incidents in Colorado and neighboring states have prompted local officials within Albany County to begin planning procedures to protect the residents and visitors in the event wildfires start in the County. First responders within Albany County are working closely with other local, state, and federal partners. Our primary mission is to promote the safety of residents in Albany County and to prevent fires from starting by man-made methods. “Keeping people safe and communicating the dangers and risks are top priorities for Albany County,” says Albany County Sheriff David O’Malley.
All public lands in Albany County are now under fire restrictions. Open fires are not allowed in Albany County, even in established fire-pits. National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials, along with the Albany County Fire Warden, have enacted this fire restriction in order to prevent fires. read more...
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Enter Stage II Fire Restrictions
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 25, 2012 – Due to record high temperatures, exceptionally dry conditions and no forecasted relief from the weather, fire restrictions have been elevated to Stage II across the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). This decision was made in coordination with multiple agencies at the federal, state and local level.
“With dry conditions persisting and the recent start of large fires on the MBRTB and within the region, it is important that we take additional precautions to reduce the potential for more new fires” said Rick Cooksey, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the MBRTB. “The public is reminded to do their part to reduce the potential for fires by following these restrictions while enjoying their public lands.”