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August 20, 2007

Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Gavin Lovell 307-828-4512

BLM Plans September Prescribed Burn in
Elk Mountain Area West of Kemmerer

The Kemmerer Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces plans to conduct a prescribed burn west of Kemmerer in September. The burn is planned for the Cumberland and Twin Creek Grazing Allotments.

The BLM is planning to begin firing operations on the Elk Mountain Prescribed Burn at the end of August or the first week in September. The Elk Mountain project is located approximately 15 miles west of Kemmerer. The prescribed burn will be completely within the Cumberland and Twin Creek Grazing Allotments. Grazing permittees in the allotment have agreed to rest the project area from livestock grazing for two growing seasons after treatment.

BLM plans to treat approximately 10,000 acres of sagebrush/mountain shrub and aspen vegetation types within a 30,000-acre burn block. “The project objectives are to improve vegetation and watershed conditions as well as wildlife habitat,” said Gavin Lovell, BLM fuels specialist with the BLM Kemmerer Field Office.

Although there may be some interruption and inconvenience for antelope hunters in hunt Area 100, our objective is to complete this prescribed burn by the time the elk and deer hunt begin,” added Lovell.

This project is anticipated to take 10-15 days. Travel on U.S. Highways 30 and 189 should be uninterrupted. However, BLM asks that all travelers on these roads slow down and use caution in the event there is smoke in the area.

“If anyone anticipates respiratory problem associated with smoke from this project, contact Gavin Lovell at the Kemmerer BLM at (307) 828-4512 before the project begins. The BLM would like to thank public land users in advance for their cooperation with this important public land management activity”, said Lovell.

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