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High Desert District
Release Date: 04/08/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Plans 2011 Prescribed Fires and Fuel Treatments

The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming High Desert District (HDD) plans to conduct prescribed burns and mechanical vegetation treatments at various locations throughout the HDD this year.

In the Pinedale Field Office area, a 3,000 acre prescribed fire will be conducted at Camp Creek. A 500 acre aspen thinning project will also be undertaken in the Wyoming Front.

The Rawlins Field Office will burn 4,800 acres with prescribed fire at Marking Pen Creek as part of the larger Seminoe Mountain prescribed fire treatment. Approximately 100 acres of juniper and aspen will also be thinned mechanically near Baggs, Wyo.

Up to 250 acres will be targeted for burning at Brown’s Spring by the Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO). Approximately 1,800 acres at Big Firehole Canyon will also undergo a prescribed fire treatment as well as 350 acres at Little Red Creek. In Buckskin Basin and along the Simplot Powerline, the RSFO will mechanically treat 11 acres and 25 acres, respectively.

“Our goal for these projects is to not only reduce the risk of wildfire but also to improve the overall health of the ecosystem," states Richard Putnam, HDD assistant fire management officer for fuels. Prescribed fires can improve wildlife habitat and watersheds, increase forage production for livestock, reduce the hazardous build-up of fuels which lessens the probability of a severe wildfire, slow the encroachment of pine and juniper into productive grasslands, and stimulate aspen growth.

Information on the HDD’s planned 2011 prescribed fires is available at Additional information will be released for each treatment as it is initiated.

Please contact Putnam at 307-352-0236 or for more information.

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   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-24-2012