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Fire! Fire! What you need to know before you burn that trash pile this Spring

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - Spring is in the air, who else can't wait for the fresh cut green grass, chirping birds and the warm sunny skies? In order to have fresh green grass spark up, many in Natrona County will be burning dead winter grasses and broken tree limbs. We chatted with Natrona County Fired Protection District Fire Marshal Bob Fawcett who provided us with some insight into the rules and regulations for prescribed burns in the county. Fawecett reported that the Fire District requires people to come to Station #7 along Robertson Road to obtain and sign a permit before burning. "We require that everyone signs a permit and they are only allowed to burn natural fuels and vegetation, like woods and leaves. We also want people to know that if for some reason the fire gets out of control, they are liable for any damages that may occur and may be subject to fines from the Fire District. We just want people to know that that is a risk that they are taking on when they spark up a prescribed burn," encouraged Fawcett. He continued to urge county residents to contact the Natrona County Fire District if for some reason the fire gets out of hand (like the wind) as soon as possible! "Any burning in excess of our rules may be allowed under certain conditions but this requires a special burn permit," said Fawcett. "It’s a misdemeanor crime for anyone who burns illegally. The penalty is no more than six months imprisonment, a $750 fine or both." The fire Marshal also reported that it is Illegal to burn trash within city limits and to double check the Casper City Fire Recreational Outtoor Burning Rules before sparking up a campfire/small fire in your backyard. Below you will see the Natrona County Fire Protection District's rules and regulations for Open Burnings and Recreational Fires. - The burning of materials outside of an enclosed chamber containing a stack or chimney. Open burning does not include road flares, smudge pots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses, recreational fires or outdoor fire places. - All open burning in areas under the jurisdiction of the Natrona County Fire Protection District shall require a permit. A permit can be obtained by calling the Natrona County Fire District at (307)234-8826. *The following permit requirements shall be met:* *Open Burning-* 1. The permit holder must contact fire dispatch at 235-9300 prior to starting and at the completion of burning. 2. Materials shall be limited to wood, brush, grass, leaves and similar natural vegetation. Absolutely no rubbish or trash shall be burned. 3. Pile sizes shall be limited to 6’ in Diameter and 3’ high. 4. An area of 15 feet around the burn pile shall be maintained clear of any combustible. 5. Burn piles shall be a minimum of 50 feet from any structure. 6. Burning will only be allowed between the hours of 6am and 11am. 7. A fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 4-A rating, a water hose or a shovel with available dirt or sand shall be on hand while burning. 8. A responsible adult of at least 18 years of age shall be in constant attendance of the fire. 9. Open burning shall not be allowed on days where winds are in excess of 15 mph, Red Flag Days or when the Natrona County Commissioners enact a fire ban. 10. Any Natrona County Fire District representative or Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputy can call for the extinguishment of any open burn deemed to be a nuisance or dangerous. *Recreational Fires-* An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish. Typically used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. No fire permit is required for outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and other recreational fire appliances. However the following guidelines shall be observed. 1. The maximum fuel area is 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. 2. Solid fuel burning appliances may only be fueled by cut or split firewood. 3. Materials such as rubbish, construction materials, paper products, yard debris, branches, leaves, garbage, etc. cannot be burned. 4. Fires that are not contained in an approved burning appliance must be at least 25 feet from a building or combustible materials. 5. Fires that are contained in an approved burning appliance should be no closer than 15 feet from a building or combustible materials. 6. The appliance must utilize a screen or spark arrestor and it must be in place while the fire burns. 7. Any conditions which could cause a fire to spread to within 25 feet of a building shall be eliminated prior to ignition. 8. A fire extinguisher of at least a 4-A rating or a charged water hose must be in close proximity to the appliance while burning. 9. Fires shall be constantly attended by a responsible adult of at least 18 years of age. The adult must be knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishing equipment provided. 10. The fire shall not be left unattended at any time until the fire is fully extinguished. 11. Fires shall not be ignited if wind exceeds 15 mph. 12. Fires shall not be ignited on days that the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning or when the Natrona County Commissioners enact a full fire ban. 13. The Natrona County Fire District or Natrona County Sheriff’s Department may order the fire to be discontinued if, in their opinion, the fire constitutes a hazardous condition or produces obnoxious smoke or odors that may cause a public nuisance. *Burn Barrels-* 1. Trash can only be burned in a single barrel no larger than 55 gallons in size.The barrel must be constructed of steel and have a metal screen over the opening to act as a spark arrestor. 2. An area of 15 feet around the burn barrel shall be maintained clear of any combustible materials. 3. A fire extinguisher with a minimum of a 4-A rating or a pressurized water hose shall be on hand while burning. 4. A responsible adult of at least 18 years of age shall be in constant attendance of the barrel while burning. 5. Burning shall not be allowed on days where winds are in excess of 15 mph, Red Flag Days or when the Natrona County Commissioners enact a full fire ban. 6. Any Natrona County Fire District representative or Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputy can call for the extinguishment of any burn barrel deemed to be a nuisance or dangerous condition. During Natrona County and BLM enacted burn bans all fire permits will be suspended. All other burning shall comply with the restrictions set forth in the burn ban. Please contact the Natrona County Fire District for more information about prescribed burning in Natrona County, (307) 234-8826. #oilcity #news