Fire restrictions still in effect in Sweetwater County despite recent rainfall



Tyler Johnson, [email protected]

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING (August 4, 2021) – Despite the recent rainfall and flooding that has occurred in Sweetwater County, stage one fire restrictions are still in place.



“I’m afraid we’re going to need some more sustained rainfall, rather than the large, short term downpours. We also need temps to moderate a bit as well,” said Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian, adding that the area has improved because of the recent.

The fire restrictions went into effect on Thursday, July 8, and are likely to last for the remainder of the summer.

Stage one fire restrictions include the following:

  • Discharge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas of Sweetwater County.
  • Only campfires at residences or campsites, within a fire ring centered within a minimum of a 15-feet cleared radius of burnable materials are permitted.



  • Trash or refuse fires between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., inside containers provided with a spark arrester and located within a cleared radius of a minimum of 15 feet of burnable materials are permitted.
  • Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
  • Use of acetylene cutting torches, electric arc welders, or metal grinding in a cleared radius of 15 feet of burnable materials are permitted.
  • The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurize d liquid fuel or fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove and open fire branding activities in a cleared radius of 15 feet of burnable materials is permitted.