Lightning Sparks More Wildfires in Northwest Colorado
Another round of lightning on Sunday produced several wildland fires scattered across the fire management unit. With the exception of a 3-5 acre fire at the Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, all were less than one tenth acre.
Fire danger is very high in Moffat County and high in Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson, and Grand Counties.
A Fire Weather Watch is predicted Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening due to gusty winds and low relative humidity for Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. Click here to view the entire news release.
Fire Danger on the Rise in Northwest Colorado
With warm temperatures and windy conditions across northwest Colorado vegetation is drying out rapidly and fire danger is on the upswing. Caution with any outdoor fire use is necessary as fire ignition in fine vegetation fuels such as grass and shrubs will spread quickly. Always check weather reports for current weather conditions before you strike a match to start an outdoor fire. Do not burn in windy conditions. Click here to view the entire news release.
Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit Trains Vets for Fire Duty
A 20-person crew of recently returned veterans will be working in northwestern Colorado this summer to help protect communities from the risk of wildfire. This is the first Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Veterans Green Corps season that includes basic firefighting training. The RMYC Veteran Fire Corps will be available to respond to wildland incidents if needed by BLM project partners. Click here to view the entire news release.
BLM Reminds Shed-Antler Hunters to Stay on Roads in Vehicles
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area. Click here for more information.
Violations of Winter Closure at Emerald Mountain could Harm Area Elk
The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to observe seasonal closures in place at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs to protect wintering and calving elk.
All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM's Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to human entry from December 1 to June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons.
Non-WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
As part of BLM’s requirement to maintain an updated inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics, in the winter of 2012 the Little Snake Field Office (LSFO) began the process of identifying and inventorying potential lands with wilderness characteristics within its administrative boundaries. Through the initial step in the process of conducting a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis to identify 5,000 acre roadless blocks of land, a total of 61 parcels potentially containing wilderness character have been initially identified. Click here for more information.
Motorized Travel Limited to Existing Roads and Trails in Little Snake
Some areas within the field office are closed to all motorized travel, including all Wilderness Study Areas; the Serviceberry, Fly Creek, and Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Areas; the Maybell Uranium Pit; and the Irish Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
To continue to provide the opportunity for off-road recreation, the field office specifically manages nearly 20,000 acres in the South Sand Wash Basin as an area open to off-road motorized use.
Bureau of Land Management in Northwest Colorado...
The Little Snake Field Office encompasses 4.2 million acres of federal, state and private lands in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco counties. Of the total area, 1.3 million acres are public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and 1.1 million acres of the private and state lands are underlain by federally owned minerals. Resource activities include: wildlife, cultural resources, grazing, energy & minerals, rights-of-ways, paleontological resources and recreation. For more information, click here or on "Programs" from the menu.
Wendy Reynolds, Field Manager
Phone: 970-826-5000 | Fax: 970-826-5002 | Office Hours: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm M-F