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Release Date: 09/20/10
Contacts: Serena Baker    

BLM Urges Caution as Windmill Fire Impacts Interstate-80

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), High Desert District in Rock Springs urges motorists to beware of fire crews and be prepared for smoke along Interstate-80 due to the Windmill Fire burning near Evanston, Wyo.

The 5,000 to 6,000 acre blaze started Friday, Sept. 17, five miles east of Evanston and is burning mainly grass, sage and piñon juniper trees. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze is 50 percent contained and full containment is expected Wednesday, Sept. 22. No structures are threatened, and no damage has been sustained by the nearby wind towers.

Wyoming Highway Patrol closed portions of Interstate-80 on Sunday, Sept. 19, due to smoke and low visibility. BLM Incident Commander Dustin Widmer is encouraging travelers to watch out for fire crews working close to the roadway and to obey any temporary closures caused by the blaze.

Approximately 60 firefighters and air crews from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Fire Service, State of Wyoming, and Uinta County are battling the blaze. 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