Fire crews have been busy fighting numerous fires this weekend including extinguishing unattended camp fires on Casper Mountain, according to a news release from the Casper Fire-EMS Department on Sunday.

Throughout today, the City of Casper, Natrona County and the counties in most of central Wyoming are under a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service.

No recreational burning is allowed in the City until the warning expires.

Please use extreme caution and follow all rules and bans. Lives and property could be in danger should a fire start.

Those found to be responsible for the start of fires could be financially and criminally liable for any damages and costs associated with extinguishing wildland fires.

Casper Fire-EMS has issued outdoor burn guidelines specific to Casper, and other rules and restrictions apply in the county. No fire permit is required for outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and other recreational fire appliances.

However the following guidelines shall be observed:

  • Solid fuel burning appliances may only be fueled by cut or split firewood.
  • The appliance must use a screen or spark arrestor and it must be in place while burning.
  • Materials such as rubbish, construction materials, paper products, yard debris, branches, leaves and garbage cannot be burned.
  • Fires contained in portable outdoor fireplaces should be no closer than 15 feet to a building or combustible materials.
  • Fires shall not be within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material if not in an appliance as stated above. Any conditions which could cause a fire to spread to within 25 feet of a building shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • A fire extinguisher of at least a 4-A rating or a charged water hose must be close to the appliance while burning.
  • Fires shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishing equipment provided.
  • The fire shall not be left unattended at any time until the fire is fully extinguished.
  • Fires shall not be ignited if wind conditions create a hazardous condition.
  • Fires shall not be ignited on days that the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning.

The Casper Fire-EMS Department may order the fire to be discontinued if, in our opinion, the fire constitutes a hazardous condition or produces obnoxious smoke or odors that may cause a public nuisance.