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BLM lifts fire restrictions in High Plains as Wyoming mountains await 12-18 inches of snow


CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management announced on Monday that fire restrictions in the High Plains District have been lifted. That includes BLM-administered lands in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Goshen, Johnson, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, Sheridan and Weston County.

The lifting of fire restrictions comes as Wyoming awaits the second significant snowstorm of the season. Mountains are expected to generally see about 5-10 inches of snow with 12-18 inches expected in the eastern Wind River Range, the southern Bighorns and on Casper Mountain, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton.

The lifting of fire restrictions allows the following activities to resume on BLM High Plains District lands:  

  • Building a campfire 
  • Smoking 
  • Operating a chainsaw 
  • Using an arc or gas welder or operating an acetylene or other torch.  

The following activities are prohibited year-round on BLM land:

  • Discharging fireworks 
  • Discharging firearms using incendiary or tracer ammunition 
  • Burning or igniting tires, wires, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive materials 
  • Operating an off-road vehicle without a properly installed spark arrester 
  • Discharging explosives of any kind, incendiary devices, pyrotechnic devices, or exploding targets.  

“For details and updates on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, please visit www.blm.gov/wyoming-fire-restrictions,” the BLM states.