BLM to conduct prescribed fire in Sweetwater County
Rock Springs, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District is scheduled to conduct prescribed fires on public lands administered by the Rock Springs Field Office, now through February 2021, as part of a multi-year effort. The projects will take place from January 11 through February 2021, as conditions allow.
The Lousy George prescribed fire project is located approximately 10 miles south of Current Creek Ranch and approximately 65 miles south west of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The project consists of approximately 200 acres of slash piles that are targeted to be burned to reduce juniper where it is encroaching on sage grouse, mule deer, and elk habitat.
BLM will consider weather conditions and fuel moisture when deciding the final date of the prescribed fires. Fire operations will begin only when conditions are favorable for a safe and effective burn. Smoke may be visible to the public at times during the operations. Fire crews will remain on scene and monitor the burn areas afterwards to ensure the fire is out.
Prescribed fire is a beneficial management tool used to replicate natural wildfire. Many land management agencies conduct prescribed fire to ensure the overall improvement of land, vegetation, and wildlife. It can also help return the ecosystem to its natural composition and healthy function.
For more information, contact Rich Howe at 307-352-0211 or visit the Rock Springs Field Office from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, located at 280 Highway 191 North.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.