October 17, 2007
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in
Crook, Weston and Niobrara Counties
Due to cooler weather conditions across northeastern Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office is lifting partial fire restrictions in Crook, Weston, and Niobrara counties beginning October 19, 2007.
The following acts are no longer prohibited on Bureau of Land Management land in Crook, Weston and Niobrara counties:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼" spark arrester type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
- Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity.
The following fire restrictions are in effect year-round on BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming. These prohibitions are:
- 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 pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).
According to BLM Fire Management Officer Jay Esperance, "Fuel conditions remain dry and some fire danger still exists. Please make sure your campfires are dead out when hunting and recreating on public lands."
For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, contact your local BLM office or go to www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions.