June 26, 2007
Contact: Anthony Sara
Be Safe with fire and fireworks this Holiday Weekend
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, those heading out to enjoy Wyoming’s great outdoors are reminded to be cautious while on public lands. Drought conditions persist throughout Wyoming, especially in the southwest and east central parts of the state.
Currently, the fire danger ranges from high to very high throughout the state with the exception of the northeast corner, where conditions have improved during the month of June.
"Over the past three weeks we've seen temperatures and winds higher than normal, with lower relative humidity’s," John Glenn, BLM Fire Manger said.
"What had the potential to be an average wild land fire season appears to be moving into above average, so be very careful over the fourth. A lot of rain in April and May has provided a carpet of grass we haven't seen for some time. When it dries and cures, it adds to the intensity of wild fires."
Recreationists need to be aware that the BLM places year-around fire restrictions on public lands along with additional restrictions currently in place in Converse County. To receive up-to-date information on where fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands, visit http://www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions.
BLM year-around fire restrictions on public lands include:
- 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.
While enjoying Wyoming’s public lands, please follow these guidelines:
- Make sure campfires are "dead" out.
- Ensure camp fires remain small and confined to a camp fire ring.
- Remember the fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming.
- Travel and camp with a shovel, fire extinguisher, and ample water.
- Attempt to confine smoking within a vehicle or cleared area.