A partial fire ban has been imposed in Laramie County, effective as of 8 a.m. this morning (Aug. 2).

Laramie County Commissioner Linda Heath says the ban is only a partial ban, rather than a full ban as some local news reports have said.

The ban includes the following provisions, according to county Fire Warden Matthew Butler:

''Under a partial closure, discharge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas, except as provided below:
(i) Trash or refuse fires between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 am, inside containers provided with spark arresters and located within a cleared area ten feet in radius, are permitted.
(ii) Camp fires contained within an established fire ring at an established campground are permitted.
(iii) Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
(iv) Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted.
(v) Propane or open fire branding activities in cleared areas ten feet in radius are permitted.
If you should have any questions please contact the Laramie County Fire Wardens Office at (307) 633-4335 or mbutler@laramiecounty.com."

Many other areas of Wyoming have already instituted fire bans in response to hot, dry summer weather.

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