With fire danger growing more severe across the region, partial fire restrictions will go into effect for all of Albany County beginning Wednesday, August 10.

Only once precipitation and lower temperatures reduce fire danger will the restrictions be lifted, according to a news release issued Monday by Albany County Fire Warden Cyrus Rahman.

The restrictions mean no open fires, no use of incendiary or tracer ammunition and, of course, no fireworks. But there are a few exceptions:

  • Trash or refuse may be burned from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. inside containers that are equipped with spark arresters and are located in a cleared area with a 10-foot radius, so long as all other laws and requirements are complied with;
  • Camp fires are allowed within an established fire ring at an established campground within a cleared area that has a 10-foot radius;
  • Charcoal fires are allowed within enclosed grills;
  • Acetylene cutting torches and electric arc welders can be used within a cleared area that has a 10-foot radius;
  • Propane or open fire branding activities may be conducted in a cleared space that has a 10-foot radius;
  • Chainsaws may be used so long as they have properly-installed, functioning spark arresters;
  • Public-sponsored fireworks displays coordinated with the county fire warden or his designee are allowed;
  • And don't forget the federal, state or local fire or law enforcement officers doing their jobs.

This past weekend's precipitation temporarily lowered fire danger in some parts of the county, but dry conditions elsewhere and a high temperatures forecast over the next few days mean folks will have to take extra care to prevent wildfires.

More information is available from Albany County Fire Warden Cyrus Rahman at 307-760-3641.

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