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Release Date: 07/23/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    

Rice Mountain Fire Contained (07/20/12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The Rice Mountain Fire northwest of Cañon City is contained. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Firefighting resources will continue to work on hot spots within the fire’s perimeter this weekend.

The fire burned 2 acres of BLM land and 3 acres of private land off of County Road 69 between the Red Canyon area and High Park Road (County Road 11). Two Single Engine Airtankers helped firefighters fight the flames Thursday.

Two engines from the BLM and one engine from the U.S. Forest Service along with resources from Tallahassee Fire Department and Fremont County have been fighting the fire since Thursday afternoon. 

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-23-2012