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

BLM High Desert District Plans Fall Prescribed Fires

The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District (HDD) plans to conduct four prescribed fires within the Rawlins (RFO) and Rock Springs (RSFO) field office areas this fall.

The prescribed fire treatments are designed to enhance wildlife habitat, increase livestock forage and distribution, improve rangeland vegetation health and reduce hazardous fuels by targeting mature or decadent stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs, aspen, and conifers. Burning the overstory of shrubs and trees opens up areas for the establishment of grasses and forbs and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen.

Planned prescribed fires in the RFO include:

  • Morgan Creek: Approximately 500 acres of sagebrush and mountain shrubs will be treated within a 3,500 acre project area 25 miles south of Rawlins, Wyo., just north of High Savory Reservoir. 
  • Marking Pen Creek: Up to 1,200 acres of mountain mahogany and conifers will be treated within a 7,000 acre project area 25 miles northeast of Rawlins in the Seminoe Mountains. 
  • Iron Mountain: Nearly 1,200 acres of mountain mahogany and sagebrush will be treated within a 3,500 acre project area 30 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Wyo. 

The RSFO also plans to conduct the Little Red Creek prescribed fire east of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and south of Rock Springs, Wyo. Within a 1,200 acre project area, approximately 400-600 acres of sagebrush, mountain shrubs and juniper will be burned.

The timing of the prescribed fires is dependent upon fuel and weather conditions meeting burn requirements. For more information, please contact RFO Fuels Specialist Chris Otto at 307-328-4250 or HDD Assistant Fire Management Officer Richard Putnam at 307-352-0236.

Information on the HDD prescribed fire program is available at


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High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-24-2012