Open Burning Fire Restrictions Lifted

Happenings October 1, 2019



Open Burning Fire Restrictions Lifted

WESTON COUNTY  –  Due to current precipitation, forecasted cooler temperatures and subsiding fire danger, both the Bureau of Land Management and the Weston County Fire Protection District are removing open burning fire restrictions.

The BLM is removing restrictions for Niobrara, and Weston Counties on Oct. 1, 2019.

Residents are still urged to use extreme caution when doing any outdoor burning, as there remains a heavy fuel load and fuels are still seasonably dry.

The suspension of the Open Burning Restrictions does not relieve any individual from their responsibility to ensure their fire does not escape and each individual may still be liable for suppression costs and damages caused to others if their fire gets away.

Please call local dispatch at 746-4486, Extension 1, if you plan on burning so the Fire Department does not get paged to your controlled burn.

As a reminder, the following wildfire prevention restrictions are prohibited year-round on BLM administered lands in Wyoming:
• Discharging or use of any fireworks.
• Use/discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnic devices or exploding targets.
• Discharging of a firearm using 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 spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

Violation of this Fire Prevention Order is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. (43 CFR 9212.4 and 18 U.S.C. 3571). Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.

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