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High Desert District
Release Date: 09/11/09
Contacts: Lorraine Keith, 307-352-0399    
  Aaron Mier, 307-328-4209    

BLM Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and the Rawlins Field Office announced today that they will be conducting up to six prescribed burns this fall.

The prescribed burns are designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat, livestock distribution, and riparian and rangeland health by targeting decadent stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs, aspen, and limber and ponderosa pine; burning the overstory shrubs and trees opens up the area for the establishment of grasses and herbaceous species.

The locations of the prescribed burns are:

  • The Morgan Creek Burn is located 20 miles south of Rawlins, just north of High Savory Reservoir.
  • The Upper Separation Creek burn is located 10 miles south of Rawlins and will target 1,000 acres.
  • The East Muddy Burn, located north of Baggs, targets 200-250 acres.
  • The West Loco Burn is located eight miles north of Dixon, and is the second phase of an ongoing project; 1,000 to 1,500 acres will be treated.
  • The Deep Creek Burn, located approximately 15 miles north of Savory, will treat 1000 acres.
  • The Iron Mountain Burn is located 15 miles southwest of Chugwater and will treat 1,000 acres.

The exact timing of the prescribed burns is dependent on fuel and weather conditions meeting the burn prescription.

For more information, please contact Aaron Mier, Fuels Specialist at 307-328-44365, or the Rawlins Field Office at 307-328-4200.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901  

Last updated: 09-11-2009