Strict Fire Restrictions Implemented on BLM Lands in Sublette, Teton, and Lincoln counties

(Teton County, Wyo.) - Fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management High Desert District within the boundaries of Sublette, Teton, and Lincoln counties will begin August 4, 2016 due to high fire danger. Under fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited: - 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 ¼-inch 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 material. - Operating a chainsaw without a USDA- or SAE-approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than eight 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 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 eight ounces capacity. These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming. These are: - 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). The following persons are exempt from this order. 1. Persons with a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omissions. 2. Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in performance of an official duty. 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. For more information, contact BLM Fire Management Officer, Frank Keeler, at 307-352-0256. *Feature Photo: h/t Sam Howzit / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news