TORRINGTON – Goshen County Fire Warden Bill Law announced the lifting of a county-wide fire ban, which has been in effect since before the Great American Eclipse in mid-August.
The full lift of the ban was approved by Goshen County Commissioners, following Law’s recommendation, during their regular meeting Oct. 3. The ban had been placed in effect due to seasonal dry conditions, combined with the anticipated influx of visitors to Goshen County for the Great American Eclipse, Aug. 21.
The full ban was down-graded to a partial ban shortly after the eclipse. The full lift of the ban goes into effect Monday, Oct. 9.
Lifting the ban does not mean the danger of open-range fire is abated in Goshen County, where overall conditions still tend to be dry, Law said in a press release. All residents, land-owners, hunters and those engaged in outdoor recreational activities must utilize common-sense practices regarding overall fire safety, the release said.
Any planned outdoor burning must still be reported to the Torrington Dispatch Center, (307) 532-7001, both before starting the burn and when it’s been extinguished. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality air quality and smoke manage regulations also remain in effect.