BLM to burn slash piles in Johnson and Campbell counties


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BUFFALO, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office plans to burn slash piles this fall and winter on BLM-administered lands in western Johnson County and north-central Campbell County.

All prescribed burn projects are conducted in accordance with approved burn plans that specify weather, smoke dispersal, and fuel moisture conditions. Burning is contingent on fuel moisture and weather meeting appropriate treatment conditions on site. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding areas during burning operations and days following as slash materials consume.

Burning may begin as early as November and continue through April 2024 in the following areas:

Johnson County

  • Gardner Mountain: the BLM plans to burn approximately 83 acres of hand piles resulting from fuels reduction projects to restore curl-leaf mahogany stands, completed in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  • Sawmill Creek area off Hazelton/Slip roads: the BLM will target approximately 787 acres of hand piles resulting from forest health and fuels reduction projects.
  • Billy Creek area: the BLM completed forest health and fuels reduction projects in the area and will target 297 acres of hand piles. Additionally, the BLM provides a non-commercial, public slash disposal site to local homeowners in the area that can accommodate branches and small trees. The BLM burns the pile every winter. As a reminder to users, excavated stumps are not allowed in the pile because they are difficult to maneuver and burn.

Campbell County

The BLM will burn roughly 310 acres of hand piles resulting from a completed fuels reduction project in the Weston Hills area of north-central Campbell County.

For more information, please contact the Buffalo Field Office front desk at (307) 684-1100 or Jacob McClure at (307) 684-1064.

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.