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High Desert District
Release Date: 09/01/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Christnick Wildfire Burning Near Poe Mountain

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Albany County firefighters are attempting to suppress the very active Christnick wildfire burning approximately 40 miles north of Laramie, Wyo. near Poe Mountain.

The wildfire was first reported the night of Aug. 30 and has burned an estimated 650 acres in mainly sagebrush and grass. Firefighters are battling the blaze in difficult, steep terrain with hot, dry and windy weather conditions.

Three BLM, three USFS, and approximately five county engines are fighting the wildfire as well as a Type III helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, a Type I air tanker and an air tactical group supervisor. A second Type I air tanker, a Type I helicopter and three hot shot crews from Flagstaff, Kern Valley and San Juan have been ordered.

The cause of the wildfire is unknown. It is zero percent contained with no estimated containment date.

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 83901  

Last updated: 09-01-2011