Sheridan County Announces Fire Restrictions
As of 9:30 a.m. this morning, fire restrictions have been implemented in Sheridan County based on recommendations from fire officials.
According to a press release from the Sheridan County Commissioners, the restrictions are similar to those in previous years and apply to all open burning outside of incorporated cities and federal lands in Sheridan County.
The use of fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited. The county restrictions also provide guidance for welding, grinding, branding, and use of burn barrels.
New this year is the allowance for small recreational fires at residences to allow for a small fire in green back yards for cooking, warmth, religious, ceremonial, or other special purposes.
Here are a few more restrictions that apply to recreational fires:
- No fires are permitted when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag or Fire Weather Warning for the area.
- The fire must be centered within a 20 foot cleared radius, free of any burnable vegetation or material.
- The fire must not have a total fuel area greater than three feet in diameter and must be less than two feet in height.
- Fire extinguishing equipment must be on site (garden hose, fire extinguisher, or water truck)
- The fire must be constantly attended until completely extinguished.
- The fire must be at least 20 feet away from a structure or other combustible materials.
Restrictions will remain in effect until cooler, wetter weather this fall.