FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Use care when burning near state rights-of-way
Spring is the beginning of the prescribed burning season in many rural areas of northwest Wyoming, and Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are advising citizens of issues relating to prescribed burns near state rights-of-way.
Right-of-way fencing, signs inside the rights-of-way, and guardrail are owned by the State of Wyoming, according to Robin Clapp, WYDOT maintenance foreman in Riverton.
“We’ve had quite a bit of fence already burned this spring,” Clapp said. “If there has been a problem with a prescribed burn and fence has been damaged, please contact the local WYDOT office. We’d like to be notified so we can fix the problem.”
Citizens conducting prescribed burning may be held liable for damages to state property, including right-of-way fencing, inside the state rights-of-way.
“Please use care and common sense when conducting prescribed burns near the state rights-of-way,” Clapp said.
If problems arise concerning prescribed burns near the state rights-of-way, citizens are urged to contact WYDOT maintenance offices on South Pass and in Lander, Riverton, Dubois, Shoshoni, Thermopolis, Worland, Ten Sleep, Basin, Lovell, Cody and Meeteetse.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, at 856-1341.