Fire restrictions to be lifted for Thunder Basin National Grassland

All fire restrictions currently in place within the Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Medicine-Bow-Routt National Forests will be rescinded by the end of the week, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced Thursday.

The announcement includes National Forest and Grassland in Campbell, Carbon, Albany, Converse, Crook, Natrona, Platte, and Weston counties in Wyoming in addition to several counties in Colorado, per (USFS).

But just because the fire restrictions are lifted, does not mean residents should forget about fire safety as the seasons change to cooler weather, USFS says, adding that all National Forest lands remain in varying stages of drought and outdoorsmen should exercise caution to reduce wildfire risk.

Campfires should be always attended to and should be thoroughly extinguished- by stirring coals or other burned materials with water until cool- before leaving the site.

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