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October 1, 2008

    Lesley A. Collins

Buffalo Field Office Plans Prescribed Burns

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office plans to conduct several prescribed burns in Campbell and Johnson counties this year. The weather conditions required for the burns vary, with some requiring snow cover and others requiring dry ground conditions. BLM may initiate the burns as soon as October 2008 or when favorable weather and fuel conditions exist.

Prescribed fire projects are planned in these areas:

  • Burnt Hollow Management Area: BLM plans to burn slash piles resulting from various fuel reduction projects on the Burnt Hollow Management Area. The Burnt Hollow site is located about 15 miles north of Gillette. The prescribed fire plan for slash pile burning on the Burnt Hollow Area requires snow cover and /or wet fuel conditions.
  • Billy Creek Cabins Area: BLM plans to burn slash piles resulting from timber harvest and fuel reduction projects along the Billy Creek access road. The slash pile burns will occur when there is persistent snow cover on the site. The Billy Creek Cabins area is located off the Hazelton County Road about 25 miles south of Buffalo.
  • Powder River Properties: BLM plans to complete burning of timber harvest slash piles on public lands adjoining the Powder River Properties subdivision. The project site is located north of Dull Knife reservoir in southwest Johnson County. Wet fuel conditions and/or snow cover is required for the burn.
  • Eagle Creek Prescribed Fire: BLM plans to conduct broadcast burns in the fall of 2008 and spring or fall, 2009 in southwest Johnson County about 20 miles west of Kaycee. This September, BLM burned the Carpenter Creek portion of the Eagle Creek project area. The fall 2008 burn targeted about 400 acres of shrub and mixed conifer vegetation within the 6,000-acre Eagle Creek project area. The objectives of the Eagle Creek burn include reduction of hazardous wildland fuels resulting from disease killed limber pine, and improving habitat and forage conditions for big game animals. Cooperators on the Eagle Creek prescribed fire include Johnson County Powder River Fire District, and District One; Hole in the Wall Ranch; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; and Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Other prescribed burns planned for the spring of 2009 will utilize low intensity fire to reduce surface fuel loading under stands of ponderosa pine.

For more information, please contact Steve Hannan at the BLM Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1144.