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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 06/28/13
Contacts: Cindy Wertz, 307-775-6014    
  Lesley Elser, 307-261-7603    

Be Safe with Fireworks this July 4th

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

"Currently, the fire danger ranges from moderate to high throughout the state," noted Fire Management Officer Kyle Cowan. "We are asking the public to be careful when they are out recreating on public lands this July 4, and remind everyone that fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming."

Know before you go! 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 that 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 Dr.      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 06-28-2013