Eclipse precautions

© 2017-Sublette Examiner

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) would like to remind local residents and visitors alike of the following information as we approach the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The eclipse begins in our area shortly after 11:30 a.m.

  • No oversize/overweight loads will be permitted in or through Wyoming from Sunday, Aug. 20, through Tuesday, Aug. 22. Heavy traffic is expected during the week of the event.
  • Pay attention, and don’t drive distracted. Drive defensively because there will be more motorists on the road, and some of them may be slowing down or may not be paying attention when the eclipse is occurring. Motorists should watch out for distracted drivers. Don’t stop and pull off onto the side of the roads during the eclipse. Please avoid causing traffic hazards for everyone safety.
  • Food and fuel are likely going to be limited due to the influx of travelers – so plan accordingly before the event and have supplies on hand.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited in the better-viewing areas of the county and with increased visitors, it could cause cellular towers to become overwhelmed at times.
  • Only camp in designated public areas. Camping is allowed on Wyoming’s public lands, including campsites in the national parks, national forests, Wyoming state parks and BLM-managed lands. Do not camp or park on private property.
  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks.
  • Use eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. These glasses provide eye protection from the eclipse, which can burn the retina of a person’s eye in seconds. Glasses can be purchased from the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
  • Keep up to date on fire restrictions and information from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Sublette County Unified, and/or tetonfire.com.