BLM to conduct spring prescribed fire projects in the Bighorn Basin


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Worland Field Office

Media Contact:

Sarah Beckwith

WORLAND, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District tentatively plans to conduct six prescribed fire projects within the Cody and Worland field office areas this spring as part of the BLM’s commitment to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. 

The prescribed fire projects may be conducted March through May, and when weather conditions and fuel moisture conditions are favorable for a safe and effective burn. Smoke may be visible at times during the operations. The projects will occur on BLM-managed lands, as well as State of Wyoming, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and private lands.

“These projects are designed for overall land heath and to restore vegetation communities, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce the hazardous build-up of fuels to lessen the probability of a severe wildfire,” said BLM Assistant Fire Management Officer Rance Neighbors.

Projects in the Cody Field Office area, approximately 16 miles east of Lovell along the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains:

  • Vopats Canyon and Mexican Hills area (200 acres)
  • Little Mountain: John Blue/Georges Spring/Geodes Spring areas (200 acres)
  • Porcupine Creek and Dugan Bench area (300 acres)
  • Cottonwood Creek (300 acres)

Projects in the Worland Field Office area:

  • Medicine Lodge: approximately 5 miles northeast of Hyattville in the Medicine Lodge Wildlife Habitat Management Area (200 acres)
  • Noon Point: approximately 20 miles southwest of Meeteetse in the Gooseberry Creek Drainage (200 acres)

For more information, contact Rance Neighbors at (307) 347-5100.

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.