Open burning restrictions take effect April 12

The Board of the Crook County Commissioners resolved at their April 4th meeting to enact Resolution 2012-8 – Open Burning Restriction and Ban on the Use of Fireworks. County Fire Warden Gari Gill recommended the open burning restrictions be imposed much earlier this year because of the lack of moisture this spring. The restrictions take effect April 12 and will run through October 15 unless temporarily lifted or re-imposed sooner by the Crook County Fire Warden.
There are several rules regarding outdoor fires in the unincorporated areas of the County such as:
• Discharge of fireworks is prohibited unless authorized by permit granted by Board of County Commissioners
• Open burning or outdoor fires are prohibited unless authorized by a permit from the Fire Warden.
In addition, there are several activities that are allowable when the approved measure of fire suppression is used, for example:
• Attended campfires are allowable, as long as they are contained within an established fire ring, no larger than three (3) feet and located within a cleared area ten (10) feet in radius and a shovel and fire suppression means are present at the site.
• Burning of trash or refuse is allowable, but only between the hours of 8:00 PM and 6:00AM, inside containers with a spark arrester and within a cleared area ten feet in radius and a shovel and fire suppression means are present at site.
Full details on the rules can be read about on the County website at www.crookcounty.wy.gov. Any questions can be directed to Fire Warden Gari Gill at 307-283-2390.