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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/29/11
Contacts: Sheila French, Public Information Officer    
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Whoopup Fire Update No. 13

"We really appreciate the public paying such close attention to fire prevention after the Whoopup Fire," said Hell Canyon Assistant Fire Management Officer, Todd Hoover. "We are asking the public not to call in smoke reports inside the fire lines unless they think there is a direct threat to property or the fire is escaping from the fire lines." Todd said multiple daily smoke reports are taxing local firefighters. "It is very common to have smoking tree stumps and hot spots inside the fire lines for weeks or even months after a large wildfire," he said. Firefighters want to respond appropriately to new fires or fires that threaten property, but many small smokes in the fire area will be allowed to burn out over time.

Fire rehabilitations experts, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, have finished field surveys. They are now focusing on using their surveys to identify risks from flooding and other post-fire problems. The Team plans to finish up immediate repair work with nonlocal resources today. The Whoopup Fire will remain on patrol status until a significant weather event puts it out. The fire will now be managed by its respective landowners.

“We would like to thank all the firefighters for their hard work on the Whoopup Fire,” said Aaron Thompson Incident Commander. “All the different cooperators pulled together and worked well as one team, with no major injuries or homes lost in challenging terrain and extreme weather conditions.”

We would like to thank the public and media for its support of our firefighting operations. A special thanks to Newcastle High School and Newcastle Senior Center for use of their facilities.

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.

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Last updated: 07-29-2011