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BLM: Fire danger still exists

News Letter Journal of Newcastle, Wyoming

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The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management is reminding people of the ever-present threat of wildfire, and encouraging residents and visitors to exercise caution on the 4th of July even though they may feel a bit more secure because of an abundance of rainfall in the past month.

"Despite the recent precipitation, please remember to take care and use caution enjoying our beautiful public lands in Wyoming," said Fire Mitigation – Special "the smallest spark has the-' potential to start a fire. For those camping over the 4th of July, remember to extinguish camp-fires properly with water and dirt until they are cool.

"Never leave a campfire unattended, crush cigarettes, ensure that your vehicle is parked in areas clear of vegetation and remember that fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands in Wyoming. We want everyone to have a fun but safe holiday."

Recreationists need to be aware the BLM places year-.round restrictions on public lands with additional restrictions. To receive up-to-date information on where fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands, visit fire restrictions.

BLM year-round fire restrictions include the a prohibition on the discharge or use of any fireworks, the discharge of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition, any burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material, and operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped I with properly installed spark arrester.

They also ask that you make sure campfires are "dead" out, travel and camp with a shovel and ample water and avoid parking vehicles in tall or dry grass "Anyone who causes a wild-land fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs," the BLM stated in a press release issued this week.

As of Tuesday, the Weston County government website reported the fire danger as moderate, but noted that the fire ban is currently, not in effect.

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Original Publication Date: July 2, 2015

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