The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, its best buddy Smokey Bear and wildland firefighters want to remind you to be safe and responsible when enjoying public lands on July 4th, according to a news release.

“Our firefighters have plenty of work from the naturally occurring wildfires here in Wyoming, as well as supporting our surrounding states," BLM Wyoming State Fire Management Officer Paul Hohn said.

"Please be careful out celebrating the holiday,” Hohn said.

Wildland fires can be started by campfires, shooting, motorized equipment, vehicles, trailer chains and other causes. Each year, wildland fires cause significant property damage and consume millions of acres of grazing and forage.

U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service

The BLM wants the public to take these precautions:

  • Have a shovel and water on hand to put out campfires.
  • Avoid parking in tall dry grass.
  • Avoid driving off-road vehicles in areas where dry grass can be ignited by hot exhaust.
  • Clear areas of flammable vegetation when camping and using outdoor grills.
  • Check trailers to make sure equipment is in working order and chains are not dragging.
  • Do not use fireworks and other explosives. They are prohibited on BLM-administered lands.

Check your local fire restrictions to ensure you know what is and is not allowed in the area of your visit. For more information go visit the BLM's website.

The BLM actively investigates human-caused fires and anyone who intentionally, or through negligence, starts a wildfire can be held accountable for damage and suppression cost.

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