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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 06/27/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Worland Announces Fireworks Area

In anticipation of the Independence Day Holiday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is again making a temporary, local exception to the fireworks ban on public lands. The use of fireworks will be permitted at a gravel pit northwest of Worland from July 3-July 5, 2012.

"We want to provide a safe place for people to be able to use fireworks," said BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Aaron Kania. "The first gravel pit along the road to the landfill is a good location because the area poses a low risk of wildland fire occurrence." The BLM reminds the public that fire danger is high elsewhere throughout the area. Fireworks use is permitted only within this gravel pit and not on the Fifteen Mile Road or gravel pits north of the landfill.

Portions of the gravel pit were recently reclaimed and reseeded. These will be signed so that people can avoid these sensitive areas and allow for the re-establishment of vegetation. The public is also asked to properly dispose of litter.

The BLM and Washakie County will provide an integrated approach to fire management, emergency medical services and law enforcement on July 4. As an extra precaution during the holiday week, the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Fire Crew will staff engines in Worland, Cody and Lander to provide a quick response in the event that any wildfires are started by fireworks.

For more information, please contact Ranger Kania at 307-347-5100.

Download a map of the fireworks exception 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.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 06-27-2012