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Fire ban

Evansville firefighters in wildland gear patrol the perimeter of a small grass fire near the Evansville Water Plant in 2014. The Natrona County Fire Protection District lifted the burn ban that had prohibited fires throughout the summer.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

The Natrona County Fire Protection District announced Wednesday that it lifted a partial ban on outdoor fires.

The announcement comes after a two-and-a-half-month ban on campfires and charcoal fires in the county due to dry and windy conditions.

The fire district noted that conditions are still dry, despite recent rain. Along with the announcement, the district offered general fire safety tips, including:

  • keeping a 15-foot clearing around any fires.
  • staying by any fire you start to ensure it doesn't grow out of control.
  • keeping a method to extinguish the fire readily available.

The ban was lifted one day earlier than the district had predicted they would.

Non-recreational open burns still require a county permit, which can be picked up at the fire district office at 555 N. Robertson Road.

Large wildfires have raged through the West this summer, as close as Medicine Bow National Forest. Several smaller fires also ignited around the Casper area.

Wind brought smoke from wildfires in Montana and Idaho to Casper in early September. At the time, Wyoming Medical Center warned residents to avoid exercising outdoors.

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