BLM Wyoming High Desert District to conduct prescribed burns


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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming High Desert District plans to conduct slash pile prescribed burns on lands managed by the Rock Springs Field Office and associated partners this fall and winter. Any burning is contingent upon fuel moisture and weather meeting optimal burn conditions that are part of the specific treatment prescription parameters. Burning will only be conducted when the safety of personnel and the prescription for the treatment area can both be met.

During operations, smoke may be visible from relatively long distances, but should dissipate rapidly due to the time of year and expected weather, the type and amount of material being treated and general atmospheric conditions in the area. Hunters and recreationists are urged to be aware of project areas and prescribed fire operations.

The prescribed burning of piles will dispose of slash from the following project:   

Iron Mountain Fuels Treatment: The entire Iron Mountain project is in Sweetwater County, Wyoming approximately 10 miles north of Dutch John, Utah. Flaming Gorge Reservoir is located to the east of the units and Little Mountain is located to the north of the target units. The total Iron Mountain project area consists of 66 acres of primary units (targeted for treatment) within the project boundary where active ignition will occur. Hand created slash piles from mechanical hazardous fuels treatment are targeted for ignitions. 

For more information, contact either High Desert District Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler at (307) 352-0282, or Fuels Specialist Rachele Oman at (307) 352-0287. For more information about BLM Wyoming, visit

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.