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Campbell County Fire Department offers guidelines for controlled burns

(via Campbell County Fire Department Facebook)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — With winter winding down and warmer weather on the horizon, the Campbell County Fire Department has shared some information for area residents looking to perform controlled burns.

City of Gillette:

  • Outdoor fireplaces are allowed as long as the following conditions are met:
    • The fire is 3 feet or less in diameter.
    • A spark arrester covers the top of the fire.
    • The fire is at least 15 feet away from any structure.
    • A responsible adult constantly attends the fire.
    • The extinguishment resources such as a fire extinguisher or garden hose are present.
  • Open burning of garbage and yard waste is not allowed as it is considered a nuisance.
  • If you plan to have a bonfire, be it for ceremonial purposes or high school homecoming, you must coordinate with the fire department to acquire a permit.
  • Please be courteous of your neighbors; if a complaint is made, the fire must be extinguished. If the fire gets out of control and damages neighboring property, you may be held liable.

Campbell County/Town of Wright:

  • Outdoor fireplaces are allowed as long as the following conditions are met:
    • The fire is 3 feet or less in diameter.
    • A spark arrestor covers the top of the fire.
    • The fire is at least 15 feet away from any structure.
    • A responsible adult constantly attends the fire.
    • The extinguishment resources such as a fire extinguisher, water barrel, garden hose or heavy equipment are present.

If someone plans to carry out large-scale silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests or a bonfire, they must obtain a permit from the fire department. Before burning, they should notify the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 307-682-7271 about the specifics of the burn, including the date, time, location, material being burned, person in charge and their contact information.

Burning is not allowed during red flag conditions, as posted by the National Weather Service.

When fire restrictions are enacted, all open fires are prohibited except as listed below:

  • An open fire is any outdoor fire, including but not limited to, campfires, warming fires, bonfires, fire pits or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash and debris.
  • Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., the burning of trash or debris inside containers provided with a spark arrester and located within a cleared area 10 feet in radius is allowed.

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