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Wyoming Game and Fish enacts fire ban in Big Horn Basin

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday that fires “are now banned on all Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands within the Big Horn Basin.”

Areas included in the ban include:

  • Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) near Lovell
  • Renner WHMA and Medicine Lodge WHMA near Hyattville
  • All Game and Fish Public Access Areas (PAAs) within Bighorn and Washakie Counties including all accesses along the Bighorn River, Ten Sleep Creek and the Carter/Billy Miles PAA near Ten Sleep

Fire restrictions on Game and Fish owned and administered lands in Park County have been in effect since July 5, including all public access areas and the Sunshine WMHA west of Meeteetse and Sunlight WHMA north of Cody.

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Game and Fish notes that the following acts are prohibited under the restrictions:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal grill, or coal or wood-burning stove.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at 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.

Fireworks are always prohibited on Wyoming Game and Fish lands, and fires within an established ring are also banned in Public Access Areas under this regulation.

“For more information on the fire ban on Game and Fish lands, contact the Cody Region Game and Fish office at 307-527-7125,” Game and Fish says. “For a complete listing of fire bans on Game and Fish administered lands, refer to wgfd.wyo.gov.”