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BLM Wyoming enacting fire restrictions in multiple counties across the state

(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil Cit)y

CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management – Wyoming has implemented or will soon soon enact Stage 1 fire restrictions on BLM administered lands in multiple counties around Wyoming.

The areas where the fire restrictions will be in effect are all located in BLM Wyoming’s High Plains District. No special restrictions besides year round restrictions are listed for the High Desert District or the Wind River Bighorn Basin District.

Stage 1 fire restrictions which went into effect on June 19 are for BLM administered land in the following counties:

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  • Converse
  • Johnson
  • Platte

Stage 1 fire restrictions are set to take effect on June 25 on BLM administered lands in the following counties:

  • Niobrara
  • Weston

The restrictions will go into effect “due to dry conditions and high fire danger,” the BLM orders state.

The restrictions prohibit:

-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 not less than eight 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 an 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 not less than eight ounces capacity.

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There are also year round fire restriction on all BLM administered land in Wyoming. Those restrictions include the following prohibitions:

-Discharge or use of any fireworks.

-Discharge of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.

-Burn, ignite or cause to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.

-Operate 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).

-Use/discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary devices, pyrotechnic devices, or exploding targets.

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Violating the order is punishable by fines up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to 12 months.

“Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator,” the orders state.

BLM Wyoming offers further information about fire restrictions and conditions online.