2024 Fire Caution

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CHRISTI HASWELL • HOLLY JENNINGS • TOM RINGLEY • NICK SIDDLE • LONNIE WRIGHT

MEDIA RELEASE

6/24/2024

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Sheridan County, Wyoming
Contact: 674-2900, bocc@sheridancountywy.gov
Be sure to visit www.sheridancountywy.gov for the latest County news and information.

For Immediate Release
Sheridan County Officials Urge Caution Amid Fire Weather Conditions
Sheridan County, June 24, 2024 — The Sheridan County Board of County Commissioners, in
collaboration with the Rural Fire Chiefs and Fire Warden, announce that while current conditions do not
necessitate fire restrictions, this status could change rapidly due to the predicted 100-degree heat, low
relative humidity, and breezy winds.
In the absence of restrictions, the County urges all residents to exercise extreme caution with activities that
could potentially spark and start a wildfire. Specifically, residents are advised against any burning
activities, including burn barrels, during hot, dry, and windy conditions.
For those planning small recreational fires, ensure there is a non-flammable zone of at least 15 feet around
the fire. Suitable materials for this zone include gravel or green grass. Always ensure the fire is completely
extinguished before leaving it unattended.
Additional safety precautions include:
Establishing a 15-foot non-flammable zone around any grinding or welding activities.
Avoiding parking vehicles on dry grass, as the heat from mufflers and catalytic converters can
ignite a fire.
Checking trailer chains to ensure they do not drag on the pavement and cause sparks.
Having a fire extinguisher or water sprayer readily available on equipment when cutting and baling
hay.
If weather conditions permit open burning, please follow these guidelines:
 
 
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1. Notify Dispatch: Prior to any planned burning, including bonfires, notify the Dispatch Center at
307-672-2413 to prevent unnecessary fire department responses.
2. Check Weather Forecasts: Avoid burning if increased winds or other adverse conditions are
predicted.
3. Preparation: Have fire tools, water, and a phone readily available.
4. Early Response: Do not hesitate to call for help if a burn gets out of control. Early intervention
can significantly reduce control efforts and potential damage.
Your cooperation is vital in preventing wildfires and ensuring the safety of our community.
For more information, please contact: Sheridan County Fire Warden, Chris Thomas,
cthomas@sheridancountywy.gov, 307.752.9864

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