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Residents Urged to Use Caution as Fire Danger Increases
Fire danger is increasing throughout the Rawlins Interagency Dispatch area and fire managers are reminding public lands users to use caution while recreating outdoors. Fire managers track fire danger by monitoring the weather and the moisture in vegetation. Fire danger, currently moderate, is increasing with warm and dry weather, is now trending above normal for this time of year.
Moderate fire danger means fires start easily, spread at a moderate rate and, on windy days, will burn briskly and spread rapidly in open-cured grassland. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, visitors and residents alike are reminded that fireworks are not permitted on BLM lands at any time. Other activities subject to BLM year-round fire restrictions include: Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material; and Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester. With the already active fire season, public land users should exercise caution and practice heightened fire safety at all times: ensure all campfires are dead out; travel and camp with a shovel, fire extinguisher and ample water; and confine smoking within a vehicle or cleared area. Industry should also have protective measures in place to limit fire ignitions.