Posted on: July 25, 2017

BLM Places Full Fire Restrictions in Natrona, Converse, Platte and Goshen Counties

Full fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming's Natrona, Converse, Platte and Goshen counties will begin July 28, 2017 due to dry conditions and high fire danger.  These restrictions are in coordination with the county cooperators.  

Under a full closure the following acts are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue, or grills are prohibited on BLM lands.  The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or fully enclosed (sheepherder type) wood burning stoves (piped) with a 1/4" spark arrester type screen are permitted.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives.

These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions. The following activities are prohibited year-round on BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming:

  •  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).

The following persons are exempt from this order:

  • Persons with a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  • Persons using a fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.

Violation of this Fire Prevention Order is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. (43 CFR 9212.4 and 18 U.S.C. 3571). Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.

For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, contact your local BLM office or go to https://www.blm.gov/site-page/programs-public-safety-and-fire-fire-and-aviation-regional-information-wyoming-fire.

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