Campbell County open burn restrictions begin today


GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Board of Campbell County Commissioners approved a resolution today restricting open burning due to extreme fire danger.

The board’s decision was based on the recommendation of the County Fire Warden. It will remain in effect until the board decides otherwise.

  • Campbell County residents and visitors can’t have outdoor fires or prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash and debris, with one exception: between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., it is OK to burn trash or debris inside containers with spark arrester, at least 10 feet away from anything. Blasting, grinding, welding and operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame can only be done within cleared areas, at least 10 feet away from any other objects.
  • Fireworks sale and use is banned.
  • Using tracer and steel-core ammunition, exploding targets and electronic or traditional fuses and sparks to ignite explosive material, such as for rockets, cannons or mortars, are prohibited.
  • No burning objects, such as cigarettes, cigars and matches, can be disposed outside.
  • Anyone using a chainsaws must have properly installed spark arresters. Otherwise, use of  chainsaws is prohibited.
  • Grills and smokers are allowed in improved areas. Only gas grills are allowed in unimproved areas.
  • Fire and law enforcement officers conducting fire, emergency or law enforcement activities, along with mines and mine sites, are exempt.

Campbell County’s resolution does not apply to federal lands.

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The county asks residents to show respect for firefighters by adhering to the resolution.

See the resolution below: