Fire restrictions are popping up across Eastern Wyoming.
Despite the wet spring, weather forecasters are predicting an average fire season in July and August, when plant material is most flammable. Natrona joins Converse, Johnson and Platte Counties in posting restrictions to prevent wildfires in the region.
The Natrona County Board of Commissioners has restricted times and locations where trash can be burned, chainsaws can be used and where lighted matches and cigarettes can be disposed of. Campfires are allowed only in established fire rings.
Bureau of Land Management Fire Management Officer Kirk Strom says their Casper Field Office has followed suit with similar restrictions.
“We want to be in sync with what the counties are doing, too, so one agency or the other doesn’t become a hot spot for all the human fires,” says Strom, adding that the Casper district sees more than 100 fires in an average year.
Information about fire restrictions in the state can be found at the Wyoming BLM website.