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Fire ban lifted on county, BLM land

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2013

WHEATLAND - Due to recent rainfall and cooler,wetter weather conditions, the Platte County Commission lifted the fire ban during Tuesday's meeting.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper office stated yesterday the partial fire restrictions for their land in Converse, Goshen, Natrona and Platte counties are lifted effective today. Kittell said the county followed suit on their land.

"There aren't any restrictions anymore, considering all the moisture," Kittell said. "Hopefully we won't be putting (a fire ban) on again anytime soon. I know it's an inconvenience to everybody, even myself, but it's a necessary evil sometimes."

Kittell added the summer turned out to be better than anticipated, and commended county residents for their cooperation with the fire restrictions.

The following actions are no longer prohibited on BLM land:

- 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 spark arrester 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 arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.

- Using a welder, either arc or gas, 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 of not less than 8 ounces capacity.

The following fire restrictions are in effect year-round on BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming:

- Discharge or use of any fireworks.

- Discharge of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.

- Burn, ignite or cause to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.

- Operate 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).

For the complete article see the 09-25-2013 issue.

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