Gillette, Wyo. – Level 1 fire restrictions have been announced for all areas of Thunder Basin National Grassland and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, according to the US Forest Service.
If or Sept. 8, any fires not contained in permanent fire pits or grills at developed recreation sites are prohibited in the above areas of Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston counties in Wyoming, according to the USFS.
“The restrictions are not taken lightly by the Forest Service. Restrictions are necessary due to dry fuel conditions, persistent fire-related weather, and the danger of human-caused wildfires,” said the USFS in a statement issued on September 29. 7 version. “Recent dry and hot weather has resulted in a high potential for wildfires. Fire restrictions will help protect public health and safety, as well as natural resources”
Personal, portable, or charcoal fire pits or rings are not permitted under Stage 1 fire restrictions, the USFS says, adding that campfires in approved pits and grills, as well as gas powered appliances with an on/off switch are acceptable.
No welding or use of an acetylene or other torch is permitted, except in open areas at least 10 feet in diameter if the operator has a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, according to USFS.
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Spark arrestors are required for all chainsaws, and the smoke must be contained within a closed vehicle, building, or in an open area at least three feet in diameter.
The use of any explosives is prohibited, says the USFS.
Violation of Tier 1 fire restrictions is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $5,000 per individual or $10,000 per organization, up to six months in jail, or both .
The Forest Service will monitor conditions in the coming weeks to assess the need for further action, which could include easing restrictions if conditions improve or adding additional restrictions if current conditions persist, the statement said.
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