CASPER, Wyo. — Bureau of Land Management law enforcement rangers “are issuing citations for unlawful campfires on Muddy Mountain,” the BLM Wyoming said on Wednesday.
The BLM Wyoming says that rangers have found multiple unattended fires left by campers recently.
“It is important we all do our part to prevent unnecessary risks of wildfire. This includes ensuring that all legal fires in campgrounds are fully out and cold to the touch,” BLM Wyoming says. “Failure to comply with fire restrictions on federal lands is punishable by law. Those found responsible for starting wildfires can also face restitution costs for suppressing the fire.”
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Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on all BLM High Plains District lands in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Goshen, Johnson, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, Sheridan, and Weston Counties.
Under Stage 1 fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼” spark arrester type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE-approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of no less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
- Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of no less than 8 ounces capacity.
These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered lands throughout Wyoming, which include:
- Discharging or using any fireworks.
- Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
- Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium or any other hazardous or explosive material.
- Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).
- Using/discharging explosives, incendiary devices, pyrotechnic devices, or exploding targets or any kind.