Press Release – Due to cooler and wetter weather conditions across eastern Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management is lifting partial fire restrictions for BLM administered public land in Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Natrona, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Crook, Weston and Niobrara Counties as of Oct. 05, 2016.
The following acts are no longer prohibited on BLM administered public land in Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Natrona, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Crook, Weston and Niobrara Counties:
• 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 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.
The following fire restrictions are in effect year-round on BLM administered public lands in Wyoming. These prohibitions 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 unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.