BLM prescribed burning planned at Senator Wash North Shore


Bureau of Land Management

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YUMA, Ariz. – Fire managers from the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River District are planning to conduct prescribed burning at Senator Wash North Shore recreation area, 17 miles north of Yuma, between December 2023 and April 2024, as weather and fuel conditions allow.

BLM fire personnel will burn piles of vegetation cleared from the shoreline and roads reducing the threat and spread of wildfires and improving access for outdoor recreationists in the area. Prescribed burning may occur multiple times to eliminate piles of vegetation accumulated during thinning treatments in and around Senator Wash.

To ensure the safety of visitors, BLM fire management personnel will ignite the piles when weather conditions are conducive to burning. Visitors and outdoor recreationists should expect some light smoke in the area. Access to the burn area may be temporarily restricted to provide for public safety.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 provided funding for this prescribed burn. The legislation funds fuel treatments to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and benefit neighboring communities.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.