BLM seeks public comment on using fire to benefit ecosystems
KREMMLING, Colo. - The Kremmling Field Office plans to release for public comment an environmental assessment that considers allowing fire managers to let unplanned wildfire ignitions burn when and where fire can be beneficial to the landscape.
The environmental assessment will identify resource constraints where the use of fire should be avoided, such as critical wildlife habitats, landownership and other concerns. Human-caused fires would continue to be fully suppressed.
“Unplanned wildfires that can be managed in a safe and efficient way for firefighters while ensuring public safety remains an important strategy to minimize the risk of large, severe wildfires by reducing fuel loads,” said Kremmling Field Manager Bill Mills.
A 30-day public comment period begins on May 7; comments must be received by the close of the comment period June 5. Comments may be submitted in writing to Attn: Fire Manager, 2103 Park Ave., Kremmling CO, 80459.
Please be advised, personal identifying information to include address, phone number, e-mail address and/or any other personal identifying information provided may be made publicly available. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee compliance with this request.
Additional information is available on-line at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012435/510 or at the Kremmling Field Office, 2103 Park Ave. in Kremmling. While office access may be limited during ongoing COVID-19 impacts, please call ahead at 970-724-3000 to ensure availability of documents and staff.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.