U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 05/23/12|
BLM reminds public of wildfire danger
With the Memorial Day Weekend ahead and more people spending time outdoors, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reminds everyone to be cautious while using fire outdoors.
Jeff Fedrizzi, BLM Wyoming fire management officer said, “Even though we haven’t gotten as much precipitation as previous years, fire potential in Wyoming is normal for most of the state. The exception is South Central Wyoming, where significant fire potential is possible.”
Fedrizzi reminds those heading outdoors for the summer months to be prepared when lighting camp fires on BLM-managed land.
"When people are recreating they need to be prepared and aware," he said. "When going out be prepared with a shovel and either a fire extinguisher or water to clear a place before lighting a camp fire and making sure it’s out before you leave."
Currently, no special restrictions are in effect on BLM land, however year-around restrictions remain in place. Those restrictions include not using or discharging fireworks, not discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition, not burning, igniting, or causing any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous explosive material to burn. Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands is also not allowed unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.
For the most up to date fire conditions and restrictions, visit BLM Wyoming’s web page at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire.html
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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.
Wyoming State Office 5353 Yellowstone Road Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
|Last updated: 05-23-2012|
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