Fire restrictions in the Ashley National Forest affect the Flaming Gorge shoreline

SWEETWATER COUNTY – Ashley National Forest fire restrictions apply starting Monday July 2nd as current and forecast weather coupled with extremely dry conditions has created a significant dangerous fire potential.

This fire restriction affects the Flaming Gorge shoreline.

“Ashley National Forest is the entire shoreline of the Flaming Gorge, so this will affect many people who are recreating along the shorelines in makeshift, unimproved campsites,” said Mike Bournazian, Fire Ward, Sweetwater County.

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However, there are currently no fire restrictions in place on private property in Sweetwater County or on BLM property.

Fire restriction details

Restrictions for the Ashley National Forest include a ban on:

  1. Lighting, building, maintaining, tending to or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a forest service-provided fireplace within a designated area
    EXCEPT : Fires are permitted in built, permanent fire pits or grates within developed Forest Service campsites, picnic areas, and recreation areas. Petroleum-operated stoves, lanterns or heating devices that meet the safety specifications of the fire protection officer are permitted.
  2. Smoking except in enclosed vehicles or buildings, in a developed recreation area, or in an area three feet or more in diameter that is sterile or clear of all combustible materials.
  3. Operating or using an internal combustion engine without a properly installed, maintained and functional spark arrester.
  4. Cutting, grinding or welding in vegetation areas.

Fire teams will conduct additional patrols during this time; However, visitors are urged to use extreme caution in any type of activity that could spark wildfire.

Fire protection measures

If there is a fire in an approved facility, as detailed in the exceptions above, please strictly adhere to the following precautions:

  • Always have a full bucket of water near the campfire
  • Always a shovel at hand and ready to hand
  • Always turn off the campfire when you go through the night or when you leave camp
  • Always drown the fire, stir the ashes, drown and stir again until it’s extinguished
  • Never leave a campfire unattended
  • Never make a campfire when it is windy, hot and dry

For more information about the restrictions, visitors are advised to call 435-789-1181.

Fireworks are prohibited on all public properties

As always, fireworks are prohibited on ALL public properties. These include the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wyoming State Lands.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of recreational athletes knowing where they are and who they are at all times and that they must be extremely vigilant when lighting fireworks,” said Bournazian.

“Sweetwater County wants all residents and visitors to enjoy the freedom and the wide, open, unfenced spaces that our county has to offer. However, this increases the expectation that everyone will enjoy their celebrations responsibly.

“The last thing we want is to have to start implementing restrictions that may affect many in our county as a few in our wilderness areas lack common sense,” he said. “And above all, please be safe and take care of each other 4th of July. “

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