- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Bighorn National Forest officials are concerned about the number of abandoned campfires they have found this summer.

They say wildfire crews are spending more time responding to and putting out abandoned campfires, which could delay responses to new wildfires.

The U.S. Forest Service says it has found 15 illegal, abandoned, or escaped campfires just in the last three weeks.

Of the five wildfires started in the Bighorn National Forest this summer, two were caused by escaped campfires.

People who let campfires escape and turn into a wildfire are subject to a fine of between $225 and $5,000 and up to six months in jail. They also can be held responsible for the cost to suppress the wildfire.

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