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High Desert District
Release Date: 10/11/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Lifts Fire Restrictions

Effective at midnight on Friday, Oct. 12, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District will lift all fire restrictions implemented by the Kemmerer, Pinedale and Rock Springs field offices within Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette and Uinta counties.

Fire restrictions were put into effect in June when the fire danger level rose to high due to dry fuel conditions, hot weather and low moisture. Cooler temperatures and increased moisture have helped improve conditions so that the following activities can resume on BLM-administered public lands:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire. 
  • Smoking. 
  • Operating a chainsaw. 
  • Using an arc or gas welder or acetylene or other torch.

The following restrictions are in effect year-round on BLM-administered public lands: 

  • Discharging or using fireworks. 
  • Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition. 
  • Burning or igniting tires, wires, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material. 
  • Operating an off-road vehicle unless it is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.

The public is asked to check with towns, counties and other agencies for fire restrictions on non-BLM lands.

BLM Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler stresses, “Temperatures are cooling; however, until the weather changes significantly with sustained rain or snowfall, conditions will remain extremely dry and the risk of wildfire will remain high.”

For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, please visit

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 Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 10-11-2012