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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 09/16/09
Contacts: Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399    
  Thor Stephenson 307-352-0369    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn in Early October

The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District’s Rock Springs Office (BLM) today announced plans to conduct a prescribed burn in early October.

Map of the Little Red Creek Prescribed fire.
click on the map for a full-size PDF version.
The burn will treat 400-1,000 acres of decadent aspen stands within the 2,300 acre burn block in the Little Red Creek drainage located approximately 40 miles southeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. The targeted burn area abuts up to the state boundaries of Utah and Colo., and extends approximately one-half mile to the north between Teepee and Pine Mountains.

The burn is scheduled to begin Oct. 7, but may start as early as October 1, depending on the weather forecast. The prescribed burn will occur only within the Red Creek grazing allotment. The grazing permittee in the allotment has agreed to rest the project area from livestock grazing for two years after treatment.

The project objectives are to improve watershed conditions, aspen stand health and fish habitat in Little Red Creek; reduce hazardous fuels; and improve terrestrial wildlife habitat.

Prescribed burn activity will occur in elk Hunt Unit 32 and deer Hunt Area 102, which may affect hunting in the area for the two to three days the burn will occur. This project will improve habitat conditions for deer and elk. Signs have been posted along the project boundary to alert public land users of the prescribed burn.

For further information, contact Thor Stephenson at 307-352-0369 or the Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256.

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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901  

Last updated: 09-29-2009