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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 06/22/09
Contacts: Heather Richardson 307-775-6103    

Fourth of July Fire Tips

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wishes everyone an enjoyable, but safe 4th of July!

Currently, the fire danger ranges from low to moderate due to all of the recent rain.

Fuels Management Specialist Glen Burkhardt, said “Parts of Wyoming have received a lot of rain, creating a new issue. The rain has provided a carpet of grass we haven’t seen for some time. When it dries and cures, it adds to the intensity of wildfires.”

“Don’t park on the side of the road where the grass could touch the underside of the vehicle and don’t drive on BLM roads or areas that have tall dry grass. The catalytic converter under your car is extremely hot and can ignite a fire very easily.”

Recreationists need to be aware the BLM places year-round restrictions on public lands along with additional restrictions. To receive up-to-date information on where fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands, visit

BLM year-round fire restrictions include the following:

  • Discharging or using any fireworks.
  • Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.

Also, it is important to follow these recommendations:

  • Make sure campfires are “dead” out.
  • 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.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-22-2009