LANDER - With the severe drought conditions and local county fire restrictions, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands within the Laramie and Lander Regions.
These lands include Whiskey Basin, Spence & Moriarty, Inberg/Roy, Ocean Lake,Sand Mesa, Red Canyon, Chain Lakes, Morgan Creek, Red Rim Daley and Grizzly,Pennock, Wick, Thorne/Williams, Forbes, Table Mountain, Springer, Rawhide, and Laramie Peak Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMAs). Additionally, Public Access Areas (PAA) within the Green River, Lander, and Laramie Regions are affected, along with Sand Creek PAA in northeastern Wyoming.
Habitat and Access Supervisor Brian Parker said as drought conditions continue across Wyoming, the potential for human-caused fires, including catastrophic fires threatening Commission-owned and administered lands, has become very high.
“The effects of wildfire can conflict with the wildlife and wildlife habitat purposes of the Game and Fish Commission-owned lands,” Parker said. “Chapter 23authorizes the Department to regulate public use of Commission-owned lands in order to maintain the wildlife purposes for which the lands were acquired or are administered. Therefore, the department has instituted the fire ban.”
The following acts are prohibited on all Game and Fish Commission-owned and administered lands in the fire ban areas:
• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal grill, coal, or wood burning stove.
• Smoking except within 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 material.
For more information on the fire ban on Game and Fish lands contact the Lander Region Game and Fish Office at 800-654-7862 or the Laramie Region Game and Fish Office at 800-843-2352.
(Contact: Lucy Diggins (307) 875-3223)