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High Desert District
Release Date: 07/23/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Continues to Fight 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., continues to fight the Seminoe wildfire approximately 30 miles northeast of Rawlins and roughly one mile north of the Seminoe Dam.

The lightning caused wildfire was first reported at 3 p.m. on July 21. A Western Wyoming Type III Incident Management Team (ICT) is coordinating firefighting efforts. A Northern Rockies Type II ICT will take over management responsibilities on July 25.

The fire has burned an estimated 3,000 acres of grass, sagebrush, juniper and ponderosa pine on BLM and Bureau of Reclamation lands. Hot, dry weather and steep, rugged terrain have hampered containment efforts although 10 percent has been contained. Two ranch houses north of the fire and Seminoe Dam government housing south of the fire are threatened; however, firefighters have protected the structures with a burnout operation on July 22 and have prepared hose-lays.

Approximately 300 firefighters have been dispatched to the fire. Resources include one Type III helicopter, two Type I helicopters, four single engine air tankers, or SEATS, one heavy Type II tanker, an air attack coordination plane, twelve interagency crews, and Rawlins and Carbon County as well as BLM engines.

Due to fire activity and firefighting traffic, Carbon County Road 351 has been closed to through traffic but is open to Seminoe State Park from the south and Miracle Mile Bridge from the north. 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 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 07-23-2012