Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland move out of fire restrictions on Sept. 23

U.S. Forest Service
Forest visitors should always use caution with anything that could be an ignition source for wildfire.

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  September 22, 2022 – As of Friday, Sept. 23, fire restrictions will no longer be in effect on all National Forest System lands managed by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. Restrictions are being removed due to increased fuel moisture and favorable weather forecasts for reduced wildfire potential.

This includes National Forest and Grassland in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties in northwest Colorado; Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston counties in Wyoming.­

Large wildfire activity has been less substantial in 2022 than in recent years, however late-season fires have become more common in the Rocky Mountain region. Hunters, campers, and all other forest visitors should exercise caution to reduce wildfire risk.

Campfire safety best practices include making sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire unattended. Even if your fire is a relatively small warming fire, the fire should be dead out before you leave the site. More campfire safety information is available online.

Many areas across the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland remain in drought of varying levels of intensity.

More information can also be found on our website or social media channels: @FS_MBRTB on Twitter or @FSMBRTB on Facebook.

Call or visit your local office for site-specific information.

  • Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, Douglas, Wyo., (307) 358-4690
  • Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (970) 870-2299
  • Forest Supervisor’s Office & Laramie Ranger District, Laramie, Wyo., (307) 745-2300
  • Parks Ranger District, Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, Yampa, Colo., (970) 638-4516



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