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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 10/11/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody and Worland Lift Fire Restrictions

Effective Friday, Oct. 12, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will lift all fire restrictions implemented by the Cody and Worland field offices within Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties.

Worland Field Manager Becky Spurgin is grateful to all for their cooperation and vigilance. “Firefighters have had their hands full during this extremely dry year,” said Spurgin. “Without the public’s adherence to the fire restrictions, it’s likely there would have been more fires.”

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.

“Due to shorter days and cooler nights, fire danger has decreased across the Bighorn Basin, allowing us to lift fire restrictions,” said Assistant Fire Management Officer Ryan Sundberg. “But please remember as you’re out recreating and hunting on public lands to never leave your campfire unattended.”

For details and updates 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.

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Last updated: 10-11-2012