Full fire ban in effect across Converse County

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The Bureau of Land Management has increased from a partial to a full fire ban in Converse County from July 28 until conditions improve. 

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue and use of grills.

You can still use a portable stove, gas lanterns, jellied petroleum, pressuried liquid fuel or fully enclosed burning stoves with a quarter-inch spark arrestor type screen. Smoking is also prohibited unless in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area with at least three feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Several fire restrictions were added to BLM's year-round wildfire prevention. No discharging of fireworks, discharging of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition. Burning, igniting any tire, wire, magnesium or any other hazardous or exploding material is also prohibited. Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester. 

You can be exempt from this fire ban if you have a permit or letter of authorization specifically for any of the items above, persons using a fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels and any federal, state or local officer apart of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of official duty.

Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator. The fire ban will be lifted when dry conditions around the county improve. 

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