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High Desert District
Release Date: 06/23/11
Contacts: Tyson Finnicum 307-212-7363    
  Shelley Gregory 307-315-0612    

BLM Urges Caution During Fire Season

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is urging the public to exercise caution and be fire safe while recreating on public lands this season.

“Due to wet spring conditions and record snowpack in the mountains, we will definitely see an abundance of forage in the area,” HDD Assistant Fire Management Officer for Fuels Richard Putnam stated. “Though it’s wet and green out right now, the additional grass is going to increase the chances of wildfires when things dry up.”

Wyoming has already experienced wildfire this spring despite the moisture. The Ghost Town wildfire 20 miles east of Rawlins burned .82 acres and destroyed structures associated with the historic Walcott town site and sheep ranch.

With the summer holidays approaching, the BLM would like to remind the public that the use of fireworks is illegal on public lands at all times and that off-highway vehicles must be equipped with Society of Automotive Engineers approved spark arresters.

As weather and vegetation become increasingly dry, campfire safety is also a priority. Always maintain campfires within fire rings and never leave a fire unattended. Drown all embers with water and stir with a shovel to ensure fires are properly extinguished.

Please report wildfires immediately to the Rawlins Interagency Dispatch at 1-800-295-9953. For more information regarding fire conditions, please contact Putnam at 307-352-0236 or

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: 06-23-2011