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High Desert District
Release Date: 07/23/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Fighting Seminoe Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, Carbon County, Wyo., and the City of Rawlins, Wyo., is fighting the Seminoe wildfire approximately 30 miles northeast of Rawlins, Wyo.

The wildfire was first reported at 3 p.m. on July 21; the cause is under investigation. The fire is burning an estimated 650 acres of grass, sagebrush, and juniper and ponderosa pine on BLM and Bureau of Reclamation lands, roughly one mile north of the Seminoe Dam.

Resources on the wildfire include one Type III helicopter, air tankers, and six interagency crews. The Western Wyoming Type III Incident Management team will also be deployed to battle the blaze.

Outdoor recreationists utilizing the campgrounds and summer cabins near the Seminoe Dam west of the Miracle Mile area are urged to use caution or avoid the area entirely since fire 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 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 07-23-2012