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Phoenix District Office
Release Date: 01/25/13
Contacts: Media Contact: Pamela Mathis 602-402-7690 / 623-580-5500    
  Fire Contact: Ken Shaver 623-580-5578    

Prescribed Burn along the Gila River

(Palo Verde, Arizona)—To reduce the occurrence and intensity of wildfires and restore native vegetation from encroaching salt cedar trees along the Gila River corridor, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting prescribed burning between January 20 and March 1. The burn operation is about two miles south of Palo Verde, Arizona.

Piles of cut salt cedar will be ignited over a 300-acre area. The actual days for the burn will be determined when weather conditions and air quality allow for safe burning. Smoke may be visible in the area during the three-week burn operation. Fire crews will monitor conditions following all prescribed burn activities.

The BLM greatly appreciates your cooperation in protecting yourpublic lands by helping to prevent unwanted wildfires. To report a wildfire call (866) 746-6516.

Current fire conditions/restriction information can also be foundonline at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 01-25-2013