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Submitted by Newsroom on April 18, 2011 – 1:34 pmNo Comment

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     TEXAS WILDFIRES-WYOMING
     Wyo. Guard members to help fight Texas wildfires
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)

- Crews fighting wildfires in Texas are
going to get some help from the Wyoming Air National Guard.

Thirteen guard members left Wyoming on Monday morning on a
firefighting airplane that can carry up to 3,000 gallons of fire
retardant.
     The unit is one of four in the country to have the latest the
U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Firefighting System – or
MAFFS 2.
     The system fits inside a C-130 transport plane and can drop
slurry out of the side paratrooper door. Older firefighting planes
drop slurry out of the back of the plane, which can cause safety
problems for the crew because it makes it impossible to keep the
cabin pressurized.
     This will be the first mission for the Wyoming plane.
     The crew is expected to start dropping slurry on Tuesday.
    
     NORTH PLATTE RUNOFF
     Wyo. towns ask for sandbags ahead of spring runoff
     RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP)
– Towns in southern Wyoming’s Carbon County
are getting ready for potential spring runoff flooding by
requesting thousands of sandbags.
     The Carbon County Emergency
Management Coordinator John Zeiger says that Saratoga has requested
10,000 sandbags while the towns of Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow
have requested 5,000 and 1,000 sandbags, respectively.
     A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report shows
flooding potential in the Upper North Platte River Basin is high.
The report says snow water equivalents in the basin are at or
surpassing record levels at 135 to 140 percent of normal for early
April. Flooding potential in the Little Snake River Basin is also
classified as moderate to high.
     Zeiger says the concern ahead of spring runoff is the number of
people needed to fill sandbags.
    
     BLM HISTORIC PLACES
     BLM sites in Wyoming added to historic register
     ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP)
– Two cultural sites on U.S. Bureau of
Land Management land in western Wyoming are being listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
     One is an archaeological site north of Rock Springs. The site
contains prehistoric projectile points dating to 9,000 years ago.
The Finley site also contains the only evidence of Paleoindian
bison hunting in southwest Wyoming.
     The other is the old JO Ranch, a sheep operation active from
1885 to the 1990s. The BLM acquired the ranch in 2004 through a
land exchange. The site still has a complex of original buildings
including ranch and bunk houses, barns and corrals.
     Properties on the register are eligible for funding for
preservation work.    

    
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
    
 AP-NY-04-18-11 1116EDT

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