The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has put in place beginning Friday certain fire restrictions in Johnson County because of dry conditions and high fire danger, according to a news release from the BLM's Buffalo Field Office.

"The BLM urges visitors to these public lands to adhere to the restrictions, in order to aid firefighters and help keep the lands healthy and productive," the news release said.

These acts are prohibited under the fire restrictions:

  • 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 quarter-inch 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 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.

These restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions 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.

The following persons are exempt from this order:

  • Persons with a permit or letter of authorization specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The public can locate current fire restrictions for public lands in Wyoming at the BLM's website.