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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/08/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Rock Springs Field Office Plans Brown’s Spring Prescribed Fire


The Bureau of land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) plans to conduct a prescribed fire at Brown’s Spring as soon as ambient conditions allow.

HDD fire operations staff will use ground ignition techniques to burn up to 250 acres within the 700 acre project area south of Rock Springs, Wyo. The prescribed fire will improve the health of mountain shrubs including serviceberry, snowberry, golden currant, a large aspen clone and various native perennial grasses. Watershed condition and wildlife habitat will also be improved.

Prescribed fire operations will be conducted over the course of two or three days on the southeast side of Little Mountain, approximately one mile south of the Maxon Ranch and directly west of US Highway 191. The project area will be signed prior to the start of operations and staff will be on hand to provide highway traffic control if smoke reduces visibility.

Conducting a prescribed fire in the spring with lower temperatures and higher fuel moisture provides an optimal burn window which affords safer conditions for HDD firefighters and greater protection for the Maxon Ranch through an increase in defensible space.

The BLM would like to thank public land users in advance for their cooperation with this important public land management activity. More information regarding HDD prescribed fires is available at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire/rxfire/highdesert.html.

For more information, contact Thor Stephenson, RSFO natural resource specialist, at 307-352-0369 or t2stephe@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-24-2012