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High Desert District Office
Release Date: 09/20/10
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Dry Gulch Fire Closes Rogers Canyon Road

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), High Desert District announced the closure of Rogers Canyon Road until further notice due to safety concerns caused by the nearby Dry Gulch Fire outside Laramie, Wyo. The 1,200 acre blaze started in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 19, and is burning mainly grass, sage, and pine trees seven miles northeast of Laramie. The start of the blaze is under investigation. No structures have been destroyed, but one home and outbuilding are threatened.

More than 100 firefighters and air crews from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Fire Service, State of Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, Albany County, and City of Laramie have been battling the blaze which is now 25 percent contained. Full containment of the fire is estimated by Wednesday, Sept. 22. BLM Incident Commander Dennis Strange is strongly encouraging people to not access Rogers Canyon Road, and to stay clear of the burn area. Extremely dry conditions and 45 mile per hour winds are in the forecast for today.

For more information contact High Desert District Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler at (307) 352-0282.

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 Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 09-20-2010