Prolonged dry conditions have prompted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to ban open fires within the Laramie Region.

"Areas are drying out and have created excellent fuel conditions and the potential for human-caused fires has become very high," said Jerry Cowles, Habitat and Access Supervisor in Laramie. "We have already had large fires in Sheridan and on Laramie Peak."

Affected lands include Red Rim Daley and Grizzly, Pennock, Wick, Cottonwood, Jelm, Thorne/Williams, Forbes, Table Mountain, Springer, Rawhide, Laramie Peak Wildlife Habitat Management Areas and all public access areas within the Laramie Region.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire charcoal grill, coal or wood burning stove as well as smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or designated area, are prohibited until further notice.