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September 14, 2007

Contact: Jim Wolf,

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns Throughout Bighorn Basin

The Worland and Cody Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announce plans to conduct prescribed burns and mechanical vegetation treatments at various locations in the Bighorn Basin this fall.

The largest burn of 500 acres will take place 20 miles south of Meeteetse in the Absaroka Front Hunter Management Area. Hunters in Elk Unit 64 should be aware that burning operations will be taking place throughout the fall although efforts will be made to avoid burning on hunting season opening days and peak weekends. It is expected that this burn will have active fire within the perimeter until a rain or snowstorm occurs. The project area begins at the cattle guard near the mouth of Raspberry Draw about 3.5 miles west of the LU Cow Camp, and continues west to the Shoshone National Forest boundary.

Other planned prescribed burns on public lands this fall should not interfere with recreational activities. They are the Prospect Creek and Spring Gulch Cattle burns near Meeteetse, the 200 acre Polecat Bench burn near Elk Basin, and the 200 acre Moss Ranch and Little Mountain burns northeast of Bighorn Lake on the West Slope of the Bighorn Mountains.

Restoring the historic fire return interval on landscapes improves wildlife habitat and forage production for livestock, and reduces excessive decadent vegetation so that when wildfire occurs it is easier and less costly to control.

“The BLM would like to thank public land users in advance for their cooperation with this important public land management activity”, said Jim Wolf, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist with the BLM Worland Field Office. BLM asks that all travelers slow down and use caution in the event there is smoke in the area.

The burns are a cooperative project with the LU Ranch Co., Spring Gulch Cattle Company, Wyoming Division of Forestry, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust. The majority of funding for these projects comes from the congressionally appropriated National Fire Plan.

BLM is also planning fuels and vegetation treatment projects for 2008 and 2009. Please contact Jim Wolf at 303-347-5136 or worland_wymail@blm.gov if you would like to participate in their planning. For more information on prescribed burning and fuels management visit http://www.fireplan.gov/.

Ken Stinson, BLM Worland Field Office, uses a Terra Torch to ignite a burn unit in the Gooseberry Creek Drainage south of Meeteetse



Last updated: 10-01-2007