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October 17, 2008

Contact: 
   Lesley A. Collins
   307/261-7603

Casper Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office plans to conduct several prescribed burns in Natrona, Converse, and Platte counties when favorable weather and fuel conditions exist. BLM may initiate the burns as soon as October 2008, and continue throughout the fall, winter, and spring as conditions permit.

Natrona County

  • Muddy Mountain Forest Health – Treat approximately 20 acres of slash piles created from forest health management activities in the Muddy Mountain Environmental Education Area south of Casper. The goals of this project are to improve the health and age class diversity of lodgepole pine communities as well as reduce hazardous fuel loadings adjacent to developed recreational sites. The prescribed fire plan for slash pile burning in the Muddy Mountain Area requires snow cover and /or wet fuel conditions.
  • Bathtub Springs - Treat approximately 300-500 acres of big sagebrush-grasslands and aspen woodlands with prescribed fire about 70 miles west-northwest of Casper and 10 miles north of Arminto on the Clear Creek grazing allotment. The goals are to improve big game habitat, improve forest health in aspen woodlands and associated big sagebrush-grassland communities, and improve forage base for livestock. The prescribed fire plan for broadcast burning in the Bathtub Springs area requires drier fuel conditions.

Converse County

  • Esterbrook – Treat approximately 20 acres of activity fuels located west of the community of Esterbrook. The objectives of the prescribed fire are to improve fuel breaks adjacent to private property and promote forest health.

Platte County

  • Cedar Draw Phase II (JY Ranch) – Treat 500 acres of true mountain mahogany shrublands with prescribed fire approximately 20 miles southwest of Wheatland within the Mule Creek grazing allotment. The primary goals of this project are to improve forage in big game crucial winter ranges, increase diversity within mountain shrub communities, improve livestock grazing distribution, improve habitat diversity for other wildlife species (i.e. small game, upland game birds, etc.), and reduce hazardous fuels to lessen potential wildfire severity.

All prescribed burn projects will be conducted in accordance with approved burn plans when favorable weather, smoke, and fuel conditions permit. For more information, please contact Kristi Bulock or George Soehn at 307-261-7600.

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