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July 19, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Lovell fire crew braces for potentially bad season ahead BY PATTI CARPENTER A particularly mild winter followed by hot, dry weather has created ex- tremely volatile fire condi- tions in the area. Accord- ing to Lovell Fire Chief Jim Minchow, his crew has al- ready been called out on 89 fires. Normally, they respond to about 100 per year. "Unless we can get some moisture, I think it could be a pretty bad year for fires," said Minchow. "We just hope that people pay attention to the fire ban that is in place and take caution whether it's burning their garbage or anything else." So far, the quick re- sponse of the all-volunteer fire crew has kept several potentially dangerous fires from spreading. The crew responded to a Call about a trailer filled with construction de- bris that ignited on Friday evening. The trailer was parked dangerously close to the Lovell Elementary School building. Minchow said the fire appeared to be caused by carelessness, when construction workers dumped some rags in the trailer that had previously been used to apply a flam- mable liquid. The trailer contained scrap wood and cardboard that was slated for dispos- al. It appears that the heat of the day ignited the rags and caught the materials stored inside the trailer on fire. Although the trail- er was parked only a few feet away from the school building and another ve- hicle, neither was affected. Firemen responded in sec- onds and had the fire out in a matter of minutes, pre- venting it from spreading. Firemen were called out again on Sunday to ,extin- guish a recreational vehi- cle that caught,fire between Roads 15 and 16 on U.S. Highway 14A East. Pass- ing motorists on the road noticed sparks coming from the engine compartment of the 40-foot 1997 Monaco Executive owned by Joe Av- vampato of Rapid City, S.D. The sparks caused the en- gine to catch on fire. The vehicle, which had a value of $260,000 when it was new, was destroyed. Occupants, including two adults, four children and five dogs, escaped without harm. Firefighters were COURTESY PHOTO A recreational vehicle owned by a family from South Dakota was destroyed after the engine caught fire on Sunday on U.S. Highway 14A. PATrl CARPENTER Lovell firemen quickly extinguished burning materials stored in a trailer parked next to the Lovell Elementary School building on Friday, July 13. able to extinguish the fire before it spread to nearby areas. A partial fire ban went into effect in the county a few weeks ago. The fire ban is authorized through state statute when, accord- ing to the resolution, " fire danger in the county is ex- treme because of drought, the presence of any exces- sive amount of flammable material or for any other sufficient reason." The par- tial ban is for all state and private land within Big Horn County. Under the ban, dis- charge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas, de- fined as cropland, agricul- tural land and undeveloped land which predominately remains in its natural for- ested or range condition. Additionally, Stage I fire restrictions went into effect on the Bighorn Na- tional Forest on July 1. An unseasonably warm and dry spring and a hot summer have prompted the restrictions. Residents are urged to use extreme caution in any activities that can potentially cause a fire. Go local ... Advertise now on Wyoming's #1 rated Call 'small weekly newspaper' 548-2217 website ... www.LovellChronicle.com Bear activity triggers temporary food storage order The Bighorn National Forest recently imple- mented a temporary food storage order in the Por- cupine Creek area in response to recent black bear activity and human-bear conflicts in the vicinity. Over the last several days, a black bear has ac- cessed unsecured food and coolers at campsites and displayed aggressive behavior toward people. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department have trapped a bear suspected in the incidences and will continue to monitor the situation. To further address this issue, the Bighorn Na- tional Forest is implementing a food storage order for the area where human-bear conflicts have oc- curred. Visitors who do not comply with the special order will receive a citation and are subject to fines. According to Forest Supervisor Bill Bass, visitor safety is a primary concern. "We have seen an in- crease in black bear and human interactions over the past few summers," Bass said. "With that in mind, we are going to use the food storage order in specific locations for short periods of time in order to protect both humans and bears." Specific prohibitions listed in the food storage or- der include: Possessing or storing any food, refuse, or other wildlife attractants unless it is stored in a bear re- sistant manner, or is being eaten, being prepared for eating, being transported or being prepared for ac- ceptable storage. Possessing, storing or transporting any bird, fish, or other animal, or parts thereof, unless it is accept- ably stored in a bear resistant manner, or is being field dressed, transported, being prepared for eating, or being prepared for acceptable storage. Hanging or suspending animal carcasses within 100 yards of developed recreation sites as specified in the order. The purpose of the order is to ensure that camp- ers and visitors properly store food, refuse, or other items that would attract bears. These items, known as attractants, include human food and beverages, garbage, pet and livestock feed (excluding water, baled hay, or hay cubes without additives), cooking equipment and utensils, bird feeders, and personal care items including perfume, shampoo, and other scented materials. Once a bear gains access to un- secured attractants at campsites, they can become food-conditioned. Food-conditioned bears are less likely to avoid humans and often display persistent or destructive behavior. Securing attractants minimizes human-bear conflicts. In order to meet the prohibitions for the special order all food and refuse must be stored in one of the following ways: Inside a hard sided vehicle or camper and all ve- hicle windows and doors must be completely closed for a vehicle or camper; inside an approved bear-re- sistant securable container that when secure or un- der stress will not have any cracks, openings, lids, or hinges that would allow a bear to gain entry by breaking, biting, or clawing; or suspended at least 10 feet above the ground'and 4 feet from any tree, post or other support. For more information, contact Bighorn National Forest offices in Sheridan, Lovell, or Buffalo, or visit the Bighorn's website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/. Please recycle this newspaper. Commercial Property OPEN HOUSE Lovell and North Big Horn County, Wyo. Friday, July 20, 1-4 pm Maps available at Lovell Inc., 142 E. 3rd, Lovell 307-548-6707 or email lovellinc@tctwest.net tall to reserve your ticket$ today. 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I have come to appreciate the time and effort Elaine has taken to learn about education. Elaine enthusiastically learned the many moving parts, attended multiple local meetings and is available whenever we need a voice. She is diligent in meet- ing with school district folks prior to leaving for Cheyenne and the legislative session, always updating us on proposed legislation and querying us on how that would affect us in our local districts. After listening, she leaves us her email address and phone numbers -- both to receive updates and to offer our input as educational legislation moves through the pro- cess. Upon returning each year she again meets with us to re- cap the session. It didn't take long for Representative Harvey to become a 'friend' to those of us who work and care deeply about students, teachers, support staff and buildings in our district. We definitely have a positive voice through Elaine's hard work. She is also able to gather support for educational issues through the legislative network she has built over her years of service to us. laine understands the extremely complex school fund- ing model, the School Facility Department and takes the time to learn the process and the ramifications they have for districts the size of ours. She then advocates for our needs, and does so to our benefit. I don't know that everyone realizes just how much time our citizen legislators spend on issues beyond their time in session. Elaine goes above and beyond that to make sure she is available to all of us. She is commit- ted to those she serves. laine and I have worked together to build the Republican Party in our area for almost 20 years. She is a true Repub- lican with not only a heart, but knowledge and courage. Judy Richards Paid for b}J Jud Richards and approved b}, the candidate I