CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all lands it administers in the southeastern and central parts of the state.

Game and Fish officials say the hot, dry weather has significantly raised the risk of wildfires.

The fire ban means that burning a fire, charcoal, or coal or wood stove is prohibited. Smoking also isn’t allowed except in a developed site or area clear of flammable material.

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