BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Western and Central Wyoming

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in Western and Central Wyoming

Written by on September 19, 2022

Campfires, smoking, and other fire-related activities are permitted on B.L.M. lands in western and central Wyoming, although wildfires can still grow out of control if flames are handled carelessly.

Effective Friday, Sept. 16, the Bureau of Land Management lifted fire restrictions on all public lands administered by the Cody, Lander, and Worland field offices within Big Horn, Carbon, Fremont, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, Sweetwater, and Washakie counties.

“Due to cooler temperatures and increased moisture, fire danger has decreased across the district, allowing us to safely lift fire restrictions,” said Fred Tucker, B.L.M. Wind River/Bighorn Basin District fire management officer. “But please remain vigilant as you’re out enjoying public lands this fall. Completely extinguish your campfire before leaving it, and always keep wildfire prevention in mind.”

Stage One fire restrictions have been in place in the Wind River/Bighorn Basin region since July 28.

The following activities can resume on BLM-administered public lands:

  • building a campfire
  • smoking
  • operating a chainsaw
  • using an arc or gas welder, or operating an acetylene or other torch

The following restrictions are in effect year-round on all BLM-administered public lands:

  • discharging or using fireworks
  • discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition
  • burning or igniting tires, wires, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material
  • operating an off-road vehicle unless it is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester

Failure to comply with fire restrictions on federal lands is punishable by law. In addition, those responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs for suppressing that fire.

Tucker thanked public land users for their cooperation and vigilance.

“Without your adherence to the fire restrictions, it’s likely there would have been more fires,” he said.

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