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High Desert District
Release Date: 09/23/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Closely Monitoring Ferris Mountain Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is closely monitoring the Ferris Mountain wildfire approximately 40 miles north of Rawlins, Wyo. in the Ferris Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

The wildfire was first reported on Sept. 21 and is a suspected holdover from a lightning strike in the area nine days earlier. Unseasonably hot and dry conditions allowed the fire to smolder and it has burned an estimated quarter acre of mixed conifers in steep, rocky terrain on the south side of Ferris Mountain southeast of Young’s Pass.

The BLM has decided not to pursue active suppression of the wildfire due to the difficulty of providing for firefighter safety in the difficult terrain but will continue to monitor the incident on a daily basis. A management plan has been prepared in the event the wildfire increases in complexity and the BLM is prepared to use point protection if resources are threatened.

Hunters and other outdoor recreationists are urged to use caution or avoid the area entirely since wildfire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.

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: 09-23-2011