Doug Leis, FireWarden
CROOK COUNTY BURN BAN RESTRICTIONS
Crook County Fire and the Board of County Commissioners has enacted a partial fire ban that will go into effect on April 2, 2021. Click here for more info.
Fire Ban Permit Application
RESOLUTION NO. 2021-7
PARTIAL OPEN BURNING RESTRICTION AND BAN ON THE USE OF FIREWORKS
WHEREAS, a potentially severe to extreme fire situation exists throughout Crook County, created by a heavy fuel load and dry conditions, could create 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 after a reasonable time for notice; and
WHEREAS Wyoming Statutes 35-l 0-201 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WHEREAS, this open burning restriction and ban on the use of fireworks shall beginning immediately until rescinded by the Board unless temporarily lifted or imposed by the County Fire Warden.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 RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HEREBY RESOLVES as follows:
1. That the discharge of fireworks, use of exploding target devices and all outdoor fires are prohibited except as set forth below, in the unincorporated area of Crook County, Wyoming beginning on April2, 2021: ·
(i) Trash or refuse fires between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00 am, inside containers provided with spark arresters and located within a cleared area ten feet in radius, are permitted.
(ii) Campfires contained within an established fire ring at an established campground are permitted.
(iii) Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
(iv) Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted.
(v) Propane or open fire branding activities in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The County Fire Warden shall on April2, 2021 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.crookcounty.wy.gov and any other method that would economically notify the public.
5. If any portion of this resolution is ruled to be not effective by a court the remaining portion of this resolution shall remain in
6. The County Fire Warden has the authority to temporarily lift and or reimpose this Partial Burn Restriction and shall provide notice as set forth in paragraph 4 above until rescinded by the Board unless temporarily lifted or reimposed by the County Fire Warden during that
Motion made, seconded and carried in an open meeting on March 25, 2021.
Fire Advisory Board Meeting
The next Fire Advisory Board meeting will be held on May 19, 2021 at the Aladdin Fire Hall. Dinner will be served at 6pm, with the meeting to follow starting at 6:30pm.
S-130 Class- Moorcroft Fire Hall, March 26 at 5pm & 27 at 8am, 2021 and April 16 at 5pm & 17 at 8am, 2021
S190 Class - Moorcroft Fire Hall, March 19, 2021 at 3pm, also available online
S-290 course, click on the following link - https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=14
RT-130 Refresher Trainings
March 8, 2021 - Oshoto Fire Hall, 6pm
March 17, 2021 - Sundance Community Room, following the Annual Fire meeting at 6:30pm
April 5, 2021 - Moorcroft Fire Hall, 6pm
April 14, 2021 - Hulett Community Center, combined with FAB meeting at 6pm
May 19, 2021 - Aladdin Fire Hall, 6pm
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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