U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
|Release Date: 06/27/12|
Firefighters Continue to Battle Ten Sleep Area Fires
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD) firefighters and their partners continue to battle two wildfires on BLM-managed land south of Ten Sleep.
The Otter Creek Wildfire, north of Big Trails between Wyo. State Highway 434 and Red Gulch Road, and has burned an estimated 978 acres. Firefighters have made good progress towards its containment.
The Upper Bee Wildfire, east of Spring Creek Road and within the Otter Creek Drainage, has burned more than 2,000 acres in heavy fuels and sagebrush and continues to be very active. The steep canyon walls are hampering firefighting efforts, although progress was made today in the flats outside of the canyons.
“I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Otter Creek Wildfire,” said Incident Commander Russ Wenke. “Firefighters are working on the Upper Bee Wildfire wherever they can do it safely, and we’re hoping that lighter winds will help us in that effort.”
The fires are being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team. Approximately 150 people are fighting these fires from the BLM, Ten Sleep and Worland Volunteer Fire Departments, U.S. Forest Service and contract firefighting crews.
The public is urged to use caution or avoid the area entirely since fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.
Please report all wildfires immediately to the Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9954 or to 911.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District 101 South 23rd Street Worland, WY 82401
|Last updated: 06-27-2012|
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