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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 08/18/10
Contacts: Beverly Gorny,    

BLM Plans Fall Prescribed Burn

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

The prescribed burns are designed to improve wildlife and livestock forage and distribution, improve rangeland vegetation health, and reduce hazardous fuels by targeting mature to decadent stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs and aspen. Burning the overstory shrubs and trees opens up the area for the establishment of grasses and forb species and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen.

The following are the locations of the prescribed burns:

  • The Morgan Creek Burn is located 20 miles south of Rawlins, just north of High Savory Reservoir. Approximately 2,000 acres of sagebrush-mountain shrubs are targeted for treatment within a 3,500 acre project boundary.
  • The Upper Separation Creek burn is located 10 miles south of Rawlins on Atlantic Rim, and will target up to 900 acres of sagebrush, mountain shrubs and aspen within a 2,265 acre project boundary.
  • The Deep Creek Burn, located approximately 15 miles north of Savory, will treat nearly 1,000 acres of mountain shrubs and aspen within a total area of 5,000 acres.
  • The Montgomery Pasture burn will be located between the 20 Mile Road (Carbon County Road 605N) and the top of Atlantic Rim, about 16 miles southwest of Rawlins. Sagebrush, mountain shrubs and aspen will be treated across almost 6,000 acres, with 1,000 acres actually burned.
  • The West Loco Burn is located eight miles north of Dixon, and is a continuing phase of an ongoing project; 1,000 to 1,500 acres will be treated.

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

For more information, contact Chris Otto, fuels specialist at 307-328-4250, 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.

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Last updated: 08-18-2010