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July 26, 2007

Contact: Andrew Tkach

BLM Issues Bighorn Basin Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland and Cody Field Offices are implementing partial fire restrictions effective July 27, 2007 due to dry conditions and high fire danger in Bighorn, Hotsprings, Park, and Washakie Counties.
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Using an explosive requiring fuse type blasting caps.

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

  • Discharge or use of any fireworks.
  • Discharge of 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 without a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

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. Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator. For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, contact Chuck Russell, BLM Fire Management Officer, at (307) 347-5100 or visit the BLM Wyoming Fire page at http://www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions/. To report wildfires, call 1-800-295-9954.