August 30, 2006
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Thor Stephenson 307-352-0369
BLM Plans October Prescribed Burn in Salt Wells Grazing Allotment
The Rock Springs Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces plans to conduct a prescribed burn south of Rock Springs in October. The burn is planned for the Salt Wells grazing allotment east of U.S. Highway 191.
The BLM is planning to begin firing operations on the Salt Wells Basin Prescribed Burn no earlier than Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. The Salt Wells Basin project is located approximately 30-35 miles south of Rock Springs. The project area is encompassed by Highway 191 on the west; the top of Mellor Mountain on the North; Salt Wells Creek on the east; the Salt Wells/Pine Mountain allotment boundary fence on the southeast; and Red Creek rim on the south. The prescribed burn will be completely within the Salt Wells grazing allotment. Grazing permittees in the allotment have agreed to rest the project area from livestock grazing for two years after treatment.
BLM plans to treat approximately 9,000 acres of sagebrush/mountain shrub and aspen vegetation types within a 35,000 acre burn block. “The project objectives are to improve watershed condition and fisheries habitat conditions in upper sage creek, reduce hazardous fuels and to improve terrestrial wildlife habitat,” said Thor Stephenson, BLM fuels specialist with the Rock Springs BLM office.
Some interruption and inconvenience may be experienced by elk hunters in hunt units 30 (Aspen Mountain) and 32 (Pine Mountain) during firing operations. Some temporary closure of Sweetwater County Roads 34 and 27 can be expected. Such closures will occur only as needed and will be at major intersections.
This project is anticipated to take 5-10 days. The boundary of the project has been signed. “Travel on U.S. Highway 191 should be uninterrupted, however, BLM asks that all travelers on this road slow down and use caution from milepost 25 to milepost 40. Mowing and black lining in preparation for the project may occur in Sept. Given prevailing and forecasted wind direction the BLM does not expect smoke to be a problem for those using Highway 191, but be prepared to slow down or stop should smoke conditions limit visibility,” cautioned Stephenson.
Stephenson added, “The BLM would like to thank public land users in advance for their cooperation with this important public land management activity.”
For more details, contact Thor Stephenson at the BLM office in Rock Springs or at 307-352-0369.