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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 10/01/10
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  (307) 350-0448    

Fire Spreading Through Popular Hunting Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District Fire Dispatch at Rawlins is warning hunters of fire danger in the Red Rim Grizzly Wildlife Habitat Management Area due to a rapidly spreading blaze.

The fire started approximately 12:30 p.m. today on state lands northwest of McCarty Canyon Road south of Rawlins. The blaze is approximately 250 acres, is putting out a lot of smoke, and due extreme dry conditions is spreading quickly. Carbon County Fire, Baggs Volunteer Fire Department, BLM ground and air crews are responding. Nearly a dozen BLM smoke jumpers are on the scene. A second helicopter, heavy air tankers, and more fire engines are en route. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The public is encouraged to contact anyone they know who may be hunting, scouting, or camping in the area and warn them of the fire danger. For more information, contact Assistant Fire Management Officer Richard Putnam at (307) 352-0236.

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.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third      PO Box 2407      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 10-01-2010