September 28, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins,
Casper Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper field Office is planning to conduct three prescribed fire projects this fall and winter. The ignition of these burns is dependent on the weather and fuels meeting the parameters of the burn prescription, but could begin as soon as Monday October 2, 2006.
These prescribed fire projects include:
- Sand Draw, a broadcast prescribed burn treating sagebrush and true mountain mahogany on up to 950 acres within a 5400 acre unit located 23 miles south of Casper, Wyoming. Treatment objectives are to improve quality and availability of browse for mule deer, shrub conditions for pronghorn antelope and recruitment of young plants into big sagebrush and true mountain mahogany communities.
- Esterbrook Fuels Reduction: Pile Burning, a prescribed fire treatment removing slash piles resulting from the creation of a fuel break on BLM administered lands 1.5 miles west/southwest of Esterbrook, Wyoming. This fuel break was constructed to create a 200’ to 300’ buffer between forested BLM lands and adjacent residences and structures located on private property.
- Muddy Mountain Slash, a prescribed fire treatment to remove slash piles created in and around the Muddy Mountain Environmental Education Area, located 12 miles south of Casper, Wyoming. These slash piles are the result of post and pole sales, firewood sales and Public Lands Day clean-up activities.
For more information, please contact Reid Flatten at 307-261-7512.