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Date: July 6, 2007
Contact: Cindy Wertz
(307) 775-6014

Seminoe Fire Reported

A fire is currently burning on BLM-managed land northeast of Seminoe Reservoir across from the Seminoe Boat Club. The lighting-caused fire was discovered late on July 4. BLM crews responded to the fire and spent the night digging a scratch line to direct the fire into the rocks until a recon of the area could be made the following day.

The fire is currently 5-10 acres and is burning in scattered ponderosa pine and brush. The terrain is inaccessible, in a steep and rocky area near the boundary of the Bennett Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

There are several BLM firefighters at the fire again today and a fire use manager has arrived in Rawlins to assist the Rawlins Field Office. The fire is being managed as a wildland fire use incident. Wildland fire use occurs when a lightning-caused fire can be managed to achieve natural resource benefits. These fires accomplish many goals, including: clearing fuels and debris, recycling nutrients, improving wildlife habitat, and providing other resource benefits. Wildland fire use is only used in naturally occurring fires.

The fire use team, in addition to the Rawlins Field Office will be continuously monitoring this fire and will be evaluating the situation and making daily evaluations as to appropriate actions to be taken.

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