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BLM announces fire restrictions for Campbell, Sheridan counties

A snapshot of the Weston Hills Recreation Area north of Gillette (Bureau of Land Management)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Stage-one fire restrictions have been implemented for all lands in Campbell and Sheridan counties administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency announced Monday. 

As of July 9, building a fire or campfire outside of agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites on BLM-administered lands is prohibited, according to a recent press release. Fires are permitted within fully enclosed stoves equipped with quarter-inch spark arrestors or grills and in stoves with pressurized liquid or gas fuel. 

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or has been cleared of all flammable materials, per the BLM. 

Chainsaws equipped with a properly installed and operational USDA- or SAE-approved spark arrester are allowed with at least one round-point shovel not less than 36 inches in length on hand. Welders and torches are allowed as well within cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter. A fire extinguisher not less than 8 ounces capacity must be readily available, the BLM says. 

Stage-one fire restrictions are in addition to year-round restrictions listed on the BLM website.