U.S. Forest Service officials explain reasons for fire restrictions


SHERIDAN — U.S. Forest Service officials announced the implementation of Stage One fire restrictions Monday, just as area residents and visitors prepare for the Fourth of July weekend.

Despite recent moisture over the weekend, hot and dry weather conditions are expected to continue in the coming weeks.

“With increasing seasonal fire danger, we are implementing these restrictions to protect public health and safety,” Bighorn National Forest Supervisor Andrew Johnson said. “These fire restrictions will remain in place in the entirety of the Bighorn National Forest until further notice. Our fire managers will continue to monitor conditions and if they improve, we will reassess the restrictions. Coming in and out of fire restrictions is not feasible over short periods of time, and we appreciate the public’s understanding of the potential fire situations.”

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