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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 06/30/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Be Safe with Fireworks this Holiday Weekend

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo, Casper and Newcastle Field Offices wish everyone an enjoyable, but safe 4th of July!
Currently, the fire danger ranges from low to moderate due to the recent rain.

Wyoming High Plains District Fire Management Officer Jay Esperance, said “Don’t let the recent high waters and localized flooding fool you. The late season precipitation has brought on extensive grass growth that we haven’t seen for some time. When it dries and cures, it adds to the intensity of wildfires.”

“We are starting to pick up wildland fires daily and we need all of the users of federal lands to take extra precautions.”

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.

High Plains District Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 06-30-2010