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Natrona and Goshen see new fire restrictions on BLM land due to dry conditions

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CAPSER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming’s Casper Field Office said in a Monday, June 29 release that Stage 1 fire conditions will be implemented in Natrona and Goshen County.

The restrictions will apply to BLM administered public lands. Those are in effect in Goshen County on Monday and will go into effect in Natrona on July 1.

“The BLM is working with the counties to coordinate fire restrictions,” the release adds.

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The restrictions prohibit:

-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 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 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 eight ounces capacity.

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“Agency-provided fire rings exist on a first come, first served basis at the following campgrounds: Lodgepole and Rim campgrounds on Muddy Mountain; on the North Platte River at Pete’s Draw, Golden Currant, Chalk Bluffs and Buffaloberry campgrounds; and in the South Bighorns at Buffalo Creek and Grave Springs campgrounds,” the release added.

The restrictions are in addition to year round fire restrictions on BLM administered land in Wyoming. The year round restrictions include the following prohibitions:

-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).

-Use/discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary devices, pyrotechnic devices, or exploding targets.

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“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),” the release adds. “Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.”

“For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, contact your local BLM office or go to https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/wyoming/fire.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.