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Partial Fire Restrictions Implemented 7-22-2022

Due to the critical fire conditions in Sheridan County, Partial Fire Restrictions will be implemented effective 8:00 AM July 22, 2022.  The Sheridan County Board of County Commissioners took this action upon the recommendations of Chris Thomas, County Fire Warden and rural fire department Chiefs. 

  1. The restrictions are the same as last year and apply to all open burning outside of incorporated cities. Federal lands within the County may have their own restrictions.  The County restrictions provide guidance when welding, grinding, branding, and use of burn barrels.  Discharge of all fireworks is strictly prohibited, unless a Permit for Supervised Public Display of Fireworks is granted by the Board of County Commissioners.

As in previous years, in response to public comments, there is language that allows for small “recreational” fires at residences with 15 feet of green grass or cleared of flammables around the fire.  This should allow for a small fire in green back yards for cooking, warmth, religious, ceremonial, or other special purposes.  The restrictions will remain in effect until removed, usually when cooler and wetter weather arrives this fall.

For more information go to       

Resolution 22-07-025

Story Wildfire Mitigation Plan Videos

Wildfire Awareness Newsletter

Red Grade and Story Fuels Reduction and Outreach Project

This newsletter is produced as part of the Red Grade Fuels Reduction and Outreach Project, but contains useful information for residents throughout Sheridan County

Rural Fire Departments

Big Horn Fire Department

Alan Telck, Chief
PO Box 501
Big Horn, WY 82833

Clearmont Fire District

Arty Thomas, Chief
PO Box 126
Clearmont, WY 82835

Dayton Fire Department

Rick Bilodeau, Chief
PO Box 430
Dayton, WY 82836

Goose Valley Fire Department (Sheridan Area Rural Fire Protection District)

Alan Trumbull, Interim Chief


PO Box 641
Sheridan, WY 82801

Story Fire Department

Heather Watt, Chief

PO Box 4
Story, WY 82842
Work: 406-581-1129

Ranchester Fire Department (Tongue River Fire Protection District)

Donnie Dobrenz, Chief

Ranchester, WY 82839

Rural Fire Districts

Big Horn Fire District

Lonnie Wright, Chair

DJ Purcell, Treasurer
PO Box 501
Big Horn, WY 82833

Clearmont Fire District




Josh McKinley (2022)           BOARD MEMB.

Paul Foster (2022)           BOARD MEMB.

PO Box 126
Clearmont, WY 82835

Dayton Fire Protection District

Emerson Scott, Chair, acting Treasurer

Dave Munsick, Member

Marty Masters, Secretary

PO Box 112
Dayton, WY 82836

Sheridan Area Rural Fire Protection District

Tim Thomas, Chair

Craig Achord, Secretary

Pete Husman, Treasurer

PO Box 641
Sheridan, WY 82801

Story Fire District

Mike Onstott, Chair
Don Eady
Steve Weast

PO Box 4
Story, WY 82842
Work: 307-763-9607

Tongue River Fire Protection District

Ray Baker, Chair

James E. Hallworth, Sr., Treasurer

PO Box 307
Ranchester, WY 82839


Fireworks Resolution 18-05-017

Adoption of Rules & Regulations Governing the Sale & Use of Fireworks

Section 4(b):

4(b)        The use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Sheridan County is authorized only on the following dates each year, except as specifically prohibited in Subsection (c) of this Section:

(i)            Memorial Day Weekend (Friday through Monday);

(ii)           Flag Day (June 14);

(iii)          July 1 – 7; and

(iv)         New Year’s (December 31 and January 1).

(c)           The use of fireworks is prohibited:

(i)            Within fifty (50) feet of any occupied structure;

(ii)           On county and other public roads and highways;

(iii)          On all lands or easements owned by Sheridan County and its agencies and departments; and

(iv)         Between the hours of 11:30 pm and 6:00 am, provided that the prohibition of this Paragraph shall not apply between 11:30 pm on December 31 and 2:00 am on January 1.

Fireworks Permits

Permit for supervised public displays of fireworks approved by the local Fire Chief and the Sheridan Board of County Commissioners: Fireworks Permit (Revised January 2019)

Please allow 3-4 weeks for the processing of your Fireworks Permit.

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