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BLM shares fire-smart tips to keep blazes contained over the Memorial Day weekend

A few charred logs burn inside a circle of stones, with grass and dirt in the background.
Hannah Habermann
Wyoming Public Media

This story is part of our new Quick Hits series. This series will bring you breaking news and short updates from throughout the state.

This Memorial Day weekend, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hopes people can get out and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Wyoming. But they also want to make sure that people are doing their part to prevent any unnecessary wildfires on public lands.

The agency shared the following simple tips to help prevent wildfires this weekend.

  •  When towing a boat or trailer, ensure safety chains are properly secure and not dragging on the ground. 
  • Never park a vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass—vehicles can ignite the fuels and start a fire. 
  • When camping on public lands, never leave a campfire unattended. Ensure the campfire is “dead” out before leaving or turning in for the night. If a campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
  • If target shooting, take all the proper precaution measures to be fire-safe — select an area that is free of flammable materials and bring a fire extinguisher or water to extinguish any flames. Exploding targets and tracer ammunition is prohibited for use on all public lands in Wyoming, per the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions.

“Our firefighters are working very hard with our partners around the state to be prepared for fire season,” said Richard Putnam, BLM Wyoming Acting State Fire Management Officer. “With so many places to enjoy in Wyoming please be careful to prevent wildfires this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer.”
There are currently no fire restrictions on BLM lands in Wyoming. Visit the agency’s Wyoming page for the most up to date fire conditions and restrictions for the state.

Hannah Habermann is the rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and Non-Fiction Writing from Middlebury College and was the co-creator of the podcast Yonder Lies: Unpacking the Myths of Jackson Hole. Hannah also received the Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council in 2021 and has taught backpacking and climbing courses throughout the West.
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