Local fire restrictions enacted

Robert Galbreath photo Clinton Hultquist, recruit, and Andrew Walker respond with Battalion 4 in Boulder to a structure fire Tuesday, Aug. 18, off of Boulder Lane.

Sublette County Commissioners

passed a resolution at their

Friday, Aug. 21, meeting banning fires

in the county.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday,

Aug. 22, the resolution passed unanimously

following the recommendations

of Fire Chief Shad Cooper. The county

joined Bridger-Teton National Forest

and the BLM High Desert District in fire

bans earlier in the week.

The restrictions were enacted due

to the current high fire danger, drought

conditions and continued hot, dry and

windy weather. Additionally, increased

visitation and recreational use has led to

several new fires in neighboring areas.

The increased fire activity has limited

the number of available fire resources

and personnel able to respond.

Restrictions prohibit all outdoor fires,

incendiary devices and the discharge of

fireworks within the county. The following

exceptions are allowed if the fire

activity is controlled in a cleared area at

least 10 feet in radius and a fire extinguisher

is immediately available:

• Campfires contained within an established

fire ring;

• Trash or refuse fires within containers

provided with spark arresters between

6 p.m. and 8 a.m.;

• Charcoal fires within enclosed

grills;

• Acetylene cutting torches or electric

arc welders; and

• Fire branding activities.

Additional fire restrictions have also

been enacted on the Bridger-Teton National

Forest and Bureau of Land Management

High Desert District. These

additional fire restrictions apply primarily

to restricting campfires and smoking

on federal lands, in addition to the

normal year-round wildfire prevention

restrictions on fireworks, incendiary

ammunition, burning of hazardous materials

and operating off-road vehicles/

chainsaws without properly installed

spark arresters.

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