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High Desert District Office
Release Date: 09/21/10
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Windmill Fire Under Control

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), High Desert District Fire Crews have the Windmill Fire near Evanston, Wyo. under control at 80 percent contained.

Crews are mapping the burn area today which at its peak encompassed 5,000 to 6,000 acres five miles east of Evanston. The Windmill Fire has been downgraded in complexity, resources are being reassigned, and fire management is being transitioned to Uinta County Fire Department. Full containment is expected tomorrow.

The blaze started Sept. 17 and had been burning mainly grass, sage and piñon juniper trees. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No structures were destroyed, and no damage sustained by the nearby wind towers. Wyoming Highway Patrol closed portions of Interstate-80 on Sunday due to smoke and low visibility.

Firefighters and air crews from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Fire Service, State of Wyoming, and Uinta County responded to the blaze.

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: 09-21-2010