Doug Leis, FireWarden
CROOK COUNTY BURN BAN RESTRICTIONS
Crook County Fire and the Board of County Commissioners has enacted a full fire ban as of June 17, 2021. Click here for more info.
Fire Ban Permit Application
RESOLUTION NO. 2021-14
OPEN BURNING RESTRICTION AND
BAN ON THE USE OF FIREWORKS
WHEREAS, severe to extreme fire situation exists throughout Crook County, created by a heavy fuel load, dry conditions and extreme drought, have created situations that over-extend the firefighting capability of local government; and,
WHEREAS, Wyoming Statute 35-9-301 through 304 provides that upon the recommendation of the County Fire Warden the Board of Crook County Commissioners may close the area to any form of use by the public or limit such use which shall include the prohibition of any type of open fire for such periods of time as the Board may deem necessary and proper; and
WHEREAS, the County Fire Warden, Doug Leis has recommended that open burning restrictions be imposed throughout the county immediately; and
WHEREAS Wyoming Statutes 35-10-201 through 208 allow for the regulation of fireworks; and
WHEREAS, any violation of this resolution may be in violation of W.S. 35-9-304 punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $100.00 fine or both together with restitution for the cost of fire suppression and damages to others caused by the violation of this resolution; and
WHEREAS, this open burning restriction and ban on the use of fireworks shall beginning immediately until rescinded by the Board unless temporarily lifted or imposed by the County Fire Warden.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLYED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS HEREBY RESOLVES as follows:
1. That the discharge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in the unincorporated area of Crook County, Wyoming that partially began on April l, 2021 in Resolution 2021-7 be further restricted immediately on Thursday, June 17,2021at 5:00 PM and ending no later than October 15,2021 unless temporarily lifted or reimposed by the County Fire Warden during that term;
2. That the following terms shall govem outdoor fires in the unincorporated areas of Crook County, Wyoming:
(i) Trash or refuse fires, camp fires, and charcoal fires are prohibited;
(iD Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are only permitted if such devices meet the fire underwriters' specifications for safety;
(iii) Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco must be extinguished and disposed of properly and are prohibited from being thrown out from vehicles;
(iv) Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders are permitted, if used in a cleared areas ten (10) feet in radius, and a shovel and a pressurized fire extinguisher are present at site;
(v) Propane or open fire branding activities are permitted, if in cleared areas ten
(10) feet in radius, and a shovel and pressurized fire extinguisher are present at the site;
(vD Internal or external combustion engines including chainsaws, ATV's and motorcycles shall have approved spark arrestorsl
(viD Use of a chainsaw is permitted, if it has a proper spark arrestor, and a shovel and pressurized fire extinguisher are present at the site; and
(viii) Discharge of fireworks are prohibited except as authorized by a permit granted by the Board of County Commissioners for public display.
3. All other open burning or outdoor fires are prohibited except as authorized by a permit granted by the County Fire Warden. Applications for a Burn Permit are available from the County Fire Warden. If the County Fire Warden denies the Application, the matter may be appealed to the Board of County Commissioners at their next regular monthly meeting by contacting the County Clerk. The County Fire Warden shall have the authority to determine the terms and conditions of the permit including requirements for proof of liability insurance with a minimum $5 million dollar general liability policy and a personal agreement to accept total financial responsibility for the cost of firefighting and any damages caused by the fire.
4. The ban does not include the listed exceptions set forth in Wyoming Statute 35-10-204, the areas within the incorporated cities and towns within Crook County, or federal lands managed by the Forest Service, Devil's Tower National Monument, and BLM. These entities may impose more or less restrictive regulations. The Board of County Commissioners strongly recommend that the above listed agencies ban the sale and discharge of fireworks in their jurisdictions. If permitted, there is no guarantee that County fire units will be able to respond for assistance.
5. The County Fire Warden shall immediately provide a copy of this Resolution to the County Sheriff, State Land Commissioners, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Keyhole State Park and State Forester and other state and federal agencies.
6. The County Fire Warden shall immediately post the fire ban signs throughout the county and notify the public through advertisement in each newspaper published in the County, by press release to the Radio and TV stations broadcasting within Crook County, by the Public Alert system, the WYDOT 511 system, County Web Site www.crookcountv.wy.gov Facebook and any other method that would economically notify, the public.
7 . If any portion of this resolution is ruled to be not effective by a court the remaining portion of this resolution shall remain in effect.
8. The County Fire Warden has the authority to temporarily lift and or reimpose this Burn Restriction and shall provide notice as set forth in paragraph 5 &. 6 above until rescinded by the Board unless temporarily lifted or reimposed by the County Fire Warden during that term. Motion made, seconded and carried in an open meeting on June 17 ,2021.
Fire Advisory Board Meeting
The next Fire Advisory Board meeting will be held on July 21, 2021 at the Moorcroft Fire Hall. Meal will start at 6pm with meeting to follow at 6:30pm.
July 8, 2021 at 6pm, Sundance Fire Hall
As summer approaches in Wyoming, it is not unusual to see piles of vegetation or refuse being burned around the state. Some burning is conducted in national forests as a way to control undergrowth and some is from clean-up activities on personal property. Wherever it occurs, Chapter 10 of the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations has specific requirements for controlling smoke from burning waste, refuse, and vegetation, which is referred to as "open burning." It regulates any material that is burned in the open (i.e. not in a furnace or incinerator) that is not for recreational purposes, cooking, to provide warmth for humans or animals, or for fire extinguisher training. These requirements and restrictions are to protect the health of Wyoming residents by ensuring any burning occurs well away from populated areas and by preventing the burning of any hazardous material such as tires, asphalt shingles, railroad ties, and other materials that release hazardous pullutants into the air.
Anyone planning to conduct an open burn should contact the Wyoming Air Quality Division to see if there are any restrictions on the material to be burned and if it is necessary to obtain a permit. More information can be found at the Wyoming Air Division Smoke Management website at http://deq.wyoming.gov/aqd/smoke-management-and-open-burning/ . A copy of Wyoming's smoke management and open burning regulations can be found on the Secretary of State's website at https://rules.wyo.gov/.
Also, don't forget - you are required to check with your local fire authority before conducting an open burn. Please click the following link for the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Wyoming State Fire Service Directory: http://wsfm.wyo.gov/training/fire-service-directory
Learn more about open burning considerations: http://deq.wyoming.gov/aqd/open-burning/
To read the 2017 Annual Program Evaluation for Wyoming's Smoke Management Program: http://deq.wyoming.gov/aqd/smoke-management/ (the 2018 evaluation is forthcoming)
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