Fire restrictions continue in southwestern Wyoming

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ROCK SPRINGS – The High Desert District Bureau of Land Management remains within the first stage fire restrictions for all public lands administered by BLM within the county boundaries of Sweetwater, Unita, Sublette, Teton, Fremont and Lincoln.

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have allowed a brief respite from the wildfires, but vegetation remains dry and warmer temperatures are expected.

“I ask everyone to follow the fire restrictions in place and help prevent man-made forest fires. There is a lot of fire season left this year and we need to help each other protect the land in Wyoming from wildfires, ”said Jon Ziegler, assistant fire management manager, High Desert District.

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Under the fire restrictions of the first stage, the following acts are prohibited:

• Build, maintain, assist or use a fire or campfire, except in fire grills provided by the agency at developed recreation sites, or in fully enclosed stoves with a ¼ spark screen type screen. in., or in fully enclosed grids, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.

• Smoking, except in a closed vehicle or building, at a converted recreation site, or when stationary in an area at least three feet in diameter that is sterile or free of any flammable material.

• Use a properly installed and functioning USDA or SAE approved spark arresterless chainsaw, a chemical fire extinguisher with a capacity of at least 8 ounces by weight, and a round tip shovel with a total length of at least. minus 36 inches.

• Use a welder, arc or gas, or operate acetylene or other open flame torch, except in open areas at least 10 feet in diameter with a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher rated at capacity of at least 8 ounces.

These fire restrictions are in addition to year-round forest fire prevention restrictions on public lands administered by BLM in Wyoming. These are:

• Discharge or use of any fireworks.

• Discharge a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.

• Burn, ignite or cause to burn any tire, wire, magnesium or any other dangerous or explosive material. • Drive any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester in accordance with 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

• Use / discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary devices, pyrotechnic devices or explosive targets.

The following persons are exempt from this ordinance:

1. Persons holding a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.

2. Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the exercise of an official function.


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