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Partial fire restrictions issued for July 1st in Natrona, Converse, Platte and Goshen Counties

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - Partial fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming’s Natrona, Converse, Platte and Goshen counties will begin July 1 due to dry conditions and high fire danger. These restrictions are in coordination with the county cooperators. Under a partial closure 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” 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. Agency provided fire rings exist on a first come first serve basis at the following locations: - Muddy Mountain in the Lodge Pole and Rim campgrounds. - On the North Platte River at Pet’s Draw, Golden Current, Chalk Bluffs and Buffaloberry campgrounds. - In the South Bighorns at Buffalo Creek and Graves Springs campground. These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions. The following activities are prohibited 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. 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. #oilcity #news