Contact: Mary L. Wilson
307-328-4329 office, 307-320-5241 cell
September 7, 2006
Rawlins BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions
Rawlins Field Manager Mark Storzer today lifted the partial fire restrictions for public lands within Carbon and Sweetwater Counties. Restrictions in Albany, Laramie and Fremont Counties remain in place, and those restrictions on Federal Lands are:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue, or grills except in designated recreation sites on federal 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 ¼' spark arrester type screen are permitted.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame or arc except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in radius with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of at least 2A.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation area site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- Using an explosive requiring fuse type blasting caps.
- Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, and one round pointed shovel with an overall length of a least 36 inches.
- Discharge of fireworks.
The following are year-round wildfire prevention restrictions are in place on all BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming:
- Discharging or using any fireworks.
- Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
- Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.
- Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.
In addition, Carbon County is lifting partial fire restrictions on private lands. According to acting Fire Management Officer Aaron Mier, “Fire season is not over. Conditions are improving, so that is why we’ve lifted the restrictions in Carbon, and Sweetwater Counties. Fremont County remains very dry. No matter where you are, please remember to be safe with campfires and other ignition sources. We’re not completely out of danger for a big fire -- as we’re seeing all around us.”