CASPER, Wyo. — Wildfire season has begun in Wyoming with firefighters responding to several blazes this week. Some fire restrictions have also been enacted on national forest land in Wyoming.
The Natrona County Fire District say that they responded to a fire at Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park on Tuesday, April 7, with help from Bureau of Land Management Wyoming and the Evansville Fire Department.
“Wildfire season has began here in Natrona County,” NC Fire District said on Facebook. “Please be cautious and aware. Careless actions can cause devastating consequences.”
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The Torrington Volunteer Fire Department also responded to several small fires the same day.
“Today kept your volunteers busy with three calls,” Torringtion Volunteer FD said on Tuesday. “At approximately 11:48 am we responded to mile marker 97 on US 26-85 for a report of a grass fire.”
“Then around 2:50 pm we were called out for some smoldering debris near Bomgaars. Finally about 3:30 pm we were called back out to mile marker 96 on US 26-85 for a flare up from the mornings call.”
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service for the Rocky Mountain Region also issued fire restriction orders on Tuesday for areas of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas.
In Wyoming, the restrictions apply in these places:
- Bighorn National Forest
- Medicine Bow National Forest
- Shoshone National Forest
- Thunder Basin National Grassland
- Black Hills National Forest
The restrictions prohibit “igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves.”
People using pressurized liquid or gas stoves, grills and lanterns with shut off valves are exempt from the prohibition, but must be kept three feet away from flammable materials.
Smoking outside of a vehicle, trailer or building is also prohibited under the order. Residents using fires in permanent dwelling places “with an effective and properly installed USDA- or SAE- approved spark arrestor” are also exempt.
“A violation of the prohibitions in this Order is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both,” the USDA Forest Service says.
The order is in effect from April 7 through May 31.