Fireworks in Casper (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — Stage 1 fire restrictions, prohibiting open burning, will be implemented in Natrona County on Thursday, July 7, the Natrona County Fire District said Friday.

While the restrictions won’t go into effect until after Independence Day, NCFD noted that fireworks are illegal year-round in Natrona County unless someone has obtained a special permit.

“You can view two wonderful firework shows on July 4th at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper or at Alcova Lake,” NCFD said. “You can always take a trip to other counties around our great state where it’s legal to shoot them off.”

Campfires at residences and within fire rings at campsites will still be allowed when the Stage 1 restrictions go into effect. Burn barrels can also be lit during burn hours if they have spark arrestors once the restrictions take effect.

With the Stage 1 restrictions set to prohibit open burning, sales of open burn permits won’t be sold until restrictions are lifted, according to NCFD. When restrictions are not in place, permits are required to conduct open burning of things like wood, brush, grass and leaf piles. When permit sales resume, people can apply through the Burn Permit Payment System on the Natrona County website. Such permits cost $25 when they are available.

“Burn Rules can be found at: Open-burning-and- recreational-fires-NCFD-002 (,” NCFD said.

The Bureau of Land Management High Plains District has also agreed to implement Stage 1 restrictions on BLM managed land in Natrona starting July 7. Specifics about what those BLM restrictions entail will be shared when that information becomes available.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the enactment of these restrictions,” NCFD said. “For more information regarding the Stage 1 restrictions, contact us at (307)234-8826 or visit us online at Fire Protection District | Natrona County, WY ( These restrictions are put into place so all of us can continue enjoying our beautiful county all summer long.”

“Thank you all and have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!”