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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 06/27/12
Contacts: Michael Blakeman (719) 852-6212    

Risk of wildland fire on the rise in SLV (06-26-12)


MONTE VISTA, Colo. – Fire danger continues to rise in the Upper Rio Grande Basin as temperatures stay high and the relative humidity stays low. The risk of a large wildland fire has increased even further from recent human activity.
 
Ten of the twelve fires the San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Unit has responded to this summer have been human caused. Recently, four human caused fires have occurred along roads in the South Fork area where there is a great risk of damage to property. Fortunately, the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has responded quickly to contain and extinguish these fires while they were still small.
 
The San Luis Valley Public Lands Center requests that everyone take extra precaution to prevent a human caused wildland fire by abiding by the Stage II fire restrictions issued on Tuesday, June 26. Additionally, the Public Lands Center asks that people report any suspicious activity that may lead to a wildland fire to their local sheriff’s department by calling 911.
 
Ten years ago, the human caused Million Fire burned over 9,000 acres, destroyed 11 homes and damaged six others. Please help prevent that from happening again.


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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-27-2012