Lincoln and Sublette counties issued Stage 1 fire restrictions

    Due to drying conditions and high fuel loading, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is implementing fire restrictions for all BLM-administered public lands within the boundaries of Sublette and Lincoln Counties, beginning midnight Sept. 21, 2018. The BLM urges visitors to these public lands to adhere to the restrictions, which aid firefighters and help prevent new fires.

    Under fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼” spark arrester type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.
    • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
    • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
    • Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity.

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