The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has ordered fire restrictions in Weston, Crook and Niobrara counties beginning Friday, according to a news release from the BLM's  Newcastle Field Office.

Because of dry conditions and high fire danger, the BLM has prohibited these actions:
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a quarter-inch spark arrestor-type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrestor properly installed and working. Those operating chainsaws must have a chemical fire extinguisher with at least an eight-ounce capacity by weight, and one round-point shovel at least 36 inches long.
  • Using an arc or gas welder, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with at least an eight-ounce capacity by weight.
These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming.
The year-round restrictions ban:
  • Discharging or using any fireworks.
  • Discharging of a firearm that uses incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed and legal spark arrestor.
The following persons are exempt from this order:
  • Those with a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
For more information contact the Newcastle Field Office at (307) 746-6600.