Rock Springs Field Manager Lance Porter states, “This was a tough fire year; without the public’s adherence to the fire restrictions, it would have been a lot tougher. We’re grateful to everyone for their cooperation and vigilance.”
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.
· 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, “Even though we’re lifting fire restrictions, the fire season is not over and the threat of wildfires has not disappeared.” He adds, “Campfire safety continues to be a priority. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts should maintain campfires within fire rings, never leave a fire unattended and drown all embers with water and stir with a shovel to ensure any fire is properly extinguished.”
For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, please visit www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions/.