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High Desert District
Release Date: 08/03/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Increases Efforts on Ferris Fire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is bringing in additional resources to help fight the growing Ferris wildfire, 30 miles northeast of Rawlins, Wyo.

Last night, fire crews completed a successful burnout operation to contain the fire on its south perimeter. Meanwhile, the fire pushed beyond its east and west perimeters, increasing the fire’s size by approximately 800 acres for a total of 3,642 acres. Red Flag warnings were issued for yesterday and today with single-digit relative humidity and 30 m.p.h. wind gusts contributing to the fire’s growth. Containment of the fire stands at 47 percent.

The fire has crossed Carbon County Road 497 and is burning through sagebrush and grass on BLM, state and private lands on Bear Mountain. The BLM is requesting that motorists avoid using Carbon County Road 497 due to ongoing fire activity.

The Stanislaus National Forest’s Type I Groveland hotshot crew is fighting the blaze as well as two Type II initial attack hand crews. Numerous federal and county engines have also responded with some engines standing by for structure protection on Buzzard Ranch.

Management of the fire will transition from a local Type IV incident team to a Western Wyoming Type III incident team on Sunday.

The wildfire was first reported at 11 a.m. on July 27; the cause remains under investigation.

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: 08-03-2012