Be Outdoor Fire Aware
Pedro Mountain Fire, courtesy Wyoming Bureau of Land Managment
Know Your County’s Current Fire Restrictions
With two large fires burning close to home, the Pedro Mountain Fire outside of Casper and the Mountain View Fire outside of Billings, Montana, for now, northeast Wyoming remains relatively clear.
At this time, Campbell County isn’t currently under any fire restrictions. The Campbell County Fire Department posts real-time information with restriction updates on their website.
Sheridan County, however, is under partial fire restrictions for state, county, and private lands. The use of fireworks is strictly prohibited without a permit as well as other restrictions, including:
- Charcoal fires must be in enclosed grills
- Recreational fires are permitted if centered within a 20-foot cleared radius with total fuel area no greater than 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet high, and must be constantly attended until extinguished and 20 feet away from all structures or combustible materials
- Campfires are permitted outside the Bighorn boundary within established commercial campgrounds or lodging facilities and must be within a 12-foot cleared radius
- Trash or refuse fires are allowed from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. in a spark-arrested container with a 20-foot radius
- Use of acetylene cutting torches, electric welders, and propane or open-fire branding activities are permitted within a cleared 20-foot radius
For full fire restriction details, visit the Sheridan County website:
“It’s time to start being a little more considerate about what you’re burning, when you’re burning, welding, or cutting,” said Campbell County Fire Department Division Chief Dale Izatt. “We are picking up two or three fires per week, and [our area] is drying out.”
Elsewhere, the Pedro Mountain Fire is now 23 percent contained, according to a Friday afternoon update on the Bureau of Land Management’s Facebook page. Currently, the fire has burned 12,437 acres. Crews are using a variety of aerial resources, including helicopters, single engine air tankers, and water scoopers per the BLM update.
Across state lines, the Mountain View Fire seven miles southeast of Molt, Montana, has now burned 2,800 acres, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning, and so far, no structures have been burned.