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High Desert District
Release Date: 09/02/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Firefighters Make Progress on Christnick Wildfire

Over 180 Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and local firefighters continue to combat the Christnick wildfire burning approximately 40 miles north of Laramie, Wyo.

The wildfire is an estimated 2,700 acres and is traveling through difficult, steep terrain in sagebrush and heavy grass loads on private, state and federal land. Approximately 40 percent of the wildfire is contained with full containment expected for the night of Sept. 2.

BLM High Desert District Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler states, “Crews and engines made great progress on controlling fire lines and the cooler weather also helped.”

Twelve BLM, USFS and local engines are currently on scene with two engines en route. Four Type I hot shot crews from Flagstaff, Kern Valley, Granite Mountain and San Juan and a Type II initial attack crew from Willamette Central are also on the incident. Two single-engine air tankers, a Type I and a Type III helicopter, two Type II heavy air tankers and two fixed-wing air attacks are providing aerial support.

The cause of the Christnick wildfire has not been determined.

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: 09-02-2011