Significant progress made in containing Boulder Lake Fire

PINEDALE (WNE) — The Boulder Lake Fire, formerly the Tannerite Fire, burning between Boulder and Burnt lakes is 80-percent contained as of Thursday morning, said Nan Stinson, fire prevention specialist for the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The official acreage burned stands at 1,359 acres.

The fire showed no growth, however, and the slightly higher number reflected more accurate mapping, Stinson explained.

“Firefighters had success with mop-up efforts (Wednesday) and made significant gains in containment over the last five days,” Stinson said. “The mop-up efforts are pivotal to the success of the operation.”

The Type III Incident Command Team handed control back to the local Type IV team on Thursday morning.

Three National Forest Type-6 engines are still on the scene along with a helicopter from Teton Interagency Fire, Stinson said. Around 25 personnel continue to focus on mopping up hot spots.

“We will maintain a presence on the fire until it is out,” said Stinson.

The Forest Service planned to reopen the road from Burnt Lake to Meadow Lake (Forest Road 766) on Friday, Stinson said.

 

Lawmakers prep bill making tribal ID legal for voting

RIVERTON (WNE) — In a Monday meeting in Fort Washakie, members of the Wyoming Select Committee on Tribal Relations worked through a proposed bill that would endow tribal identification cards with the voting criteria mandated by federal law.

Federal law states a registered driver may not use a tribal ID alone to register to vote, as tribal ID cards do not link to criminal history and other databases.

There is no overwhelming push to change that law at this time, but on the state level, tribal leaders and legislators, along with Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese and Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, have worked through a proposed Wyoming House Bill that would allow tribal IDs to be used in voter registration, provided they are printed with a driver’s license number or, for unregistered drivers, the last four digits of a Social Security number.

Currently, state law requires that any person who is registered to drive in Wyoming must produce his or her driver’s license number in order to register to vote in Wyoming. A person who is not registered to drive may give the last four digits of his or her Social Security number and an accepted form of identification — including a tribal ID.

During Monday’s meeting Freese said she is “excited about the bill.”

“It puts a little bit of onus on the tribes” to add the driver’s license or Social Security information to the tribal ID card, she said, but county government is “ready to roll with it.”

 

From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers