Game & Fish Ban Fires On Commission Owned Land

(Sheridan, Wyo.) With the dry conditions and local county fire restrictions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands within the Sheridan Region. These lands include Kerns, Amsden, Bud Love and Ed O. Taylor Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA’s) and all Commission owned and administered Public Access Areas (PAA) including Tongue River Canyon and Monument PAA’s. Habitat and Access Coordinator Seth Roseberry said, "As long as the dry conditions continue across Wyoming, the potential for human-caused fires, including catastrophic fires threatening Commission-owned and administered lands is very high." Roseberry continued, "The effects of wildfire can conflict with the wildlife and wildlife habitat purposes of the Game and Fish Commission-owned lands. The Game and Fish Department is authorized to regulate public use of Commission-owned lands in order to maintain the wildlife purposes for which the lands were acquired or are administered. Therefore, the Department has instituted the fire ban to follow suite with current Johnson, Sheridan and Crook County fire bans." The following acts are prohibited on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands: - Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire charcoal grill, coal or wood burning stove. - Smoking except within 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. - Fireworks are always prohibited on Wyoming Game and Fish Commission lands. For more information on the fire ban on Game and Fish lands contact the Sheridan Region Game and Fish Office at 307-672-7418. #dally #news