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July 19, 2007
Contact: Rey Adame
(307) 352-0399

BLM Clarifies Fire Restrictions on Public Lands

The BLM Western Zone Fire Program managers would like to clarify the fire restrictions currently in effect throughout southwest Wyoming. “A recent news article may have given some people the impression that the BLM approves the use of fireworks on public land. We would like the public to understand that the use of fireworks is prohibited on public land year-round, “said Richard Putnam, acting fire operations supervisor for the BLM’s Western Wyoming Zone.

“We would like to remind everyone of the existing fire restrictions recently implemented in Sweetwater, Sublette, Uinta and Lincoln Counties. These restrictions below help illustrate the need for the public to help us keep public lands safe and enjoyable for everyone,” Putnam added.

Under a partial closure the following acts are prohibited:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Using an explosive requiring fuse type blasting caps.
  5. 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.
  6. Discharge of fireworks.

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

For more information on the fire restrictions, contact Richard Putnam in the Rock Springs BLM at (307) 352-0244.