Fire Restrictions Lifted on Routt National Forest, Most of Medicine Bow National Forest

By: News Utah

Effective on Tuesday, Aug. 1, all fire restrictions on the Routt National Forest and a large portion of the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF) have been rescinded.

Areas affected by the recension on the MBNF include the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges, as well as the Pole Mountain Unit. The Laramie Peak unit remains in Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The entire Routt National Forest is included in the recension.

Multiple factors are considered in fire restriction decisions, and in this case some of those factors included increased fuel moistures, the reduced occurrence of human-caused fires, and favorable long-term fire weather forecasts.

Despite increased precipitation recently, Forest visitors are advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires.  Put your campfire dead out before leaving your campsite or going to sleep.

Additional fire safety messages from the U.S. Forest Service to Forest recreationists are below. Campers and other public land users need to follow basic fire safety rules:

  • Scrape back dead grass and forest materials from your campfire site.
  • Keep your campfire small and under control; make it only as big as you need it.
  • Keep a shovel and a water container nearby to douse escaped embers.
  • Do not park vehicles in tall dry grass, since hot tailpipes can cause fine fuels to catch on fire.
  • Remember that any ignition – cigarettes, campfires, gunfire, vehicles – could be the cause of a wildland fire, as grass and other vegetation is dry and extremely flammable.
  • Always follow current fire restrictions.
  • Fireworks are not allowed on federal lands.
  • Stage I fire restrictions currently exist on the Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Laramie Peak portion of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

To report a wildland fire, please call the interagency dispatch centers below:

Routt NF – Craig Dispatch Center, (970) 826-5037

Medicine Bow NF, Thunder Basin NG – Casper Dispatch, (307) 261-7691

For more information contact your local Forest Service Office, go to our website at fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.