SHERIDAN, WY— Due to the critical fire conditions in Sheridan County, Partial Fire Restrictions will be implemented effective 9:30 AM August 12, 2019.  The Sheridan County Board of County Commissioners took this action upon the recommendations of Chris Thomas, County Fire Warden, and rural fire department Chiefs.

The restrictions are similar to previous years and apply to all open burning outside of incorporated cities and Federal lands within the County, which may have their own restrictions.  The County restrictions provide guidance when welding, grinding, branding, and using burn barrels.  Use of fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited.

In response to public comments, new this year is language that allows for small “recreational” fires at residences with 20 feet of inflammables around the fire.  This should allow for a small fire in green back yards for cooking, warmth, religious, ceremonial, or other special purposes.  The restrictions will remain in effect until removed, usually when cooler and wetter weather arrives this fall.

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