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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/27/11
Contacts: Sheila French, Public Information Officer    
  (307) 746-8311    

Whoopup Fire Update No. 12

Firefighters continue to work in the Whoopup Fire perimeter. Mop up efforts and patrols will continue. Existing infrastructures that have been damaged by the fire suppression actions are being repaired. The team’s objectives include repairing fence lines, cattleguards, springs and roadways, as well as constructing water bars. Fire crews have already begun repairing the firelines and taking down tree hazards.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team wraps up its field surveys on Wednesday. They are now focusing on utilizing the field surveys to identify values at risk. Short-term emergency stabilization and rehabilitation measures may be initiated in the case of a rain event. The primary objectives are to protect life and property, and to reduce further resource damage that may be caused by flooding and erosion as a direct result of the fire. The BAER Team is focusing on the potential for accelerated erosion and runoff from the loss of vegetation and charred soils.

Due to the success of the operation the last few days, resources continue to be demobed Residents are reminded that there still are still resources working with the fire perimeter. Residents are asked to be aware of fire traffic and possible smoke in the area. The National Weather Service has predicted a slight chance of rain for today with scattered showers likely over the fire area. If rain should occur over the fire area extra caution should be taken, due to the possible runoff that may occur.

Cooperating and assisting agencies include: Wyoming State Forestry Division, Weston County Sheriff, South Dakota Custer County Sheriff's Department, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management Newcastle Field Office, National Park Service, State of South Dakota, State of Wyoming, Weston County Fire Protection District, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.

Newcastle Field Office   1101 Washington Boulevard      Newcastle, WY 82701-2968  

Last updated: 07-27-2011