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High Desert District Office
Release Date: 07/28/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Requests Motorists Avoid Carbon County Road 497 due to Ferris Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District requests motorists avoid Carbon County Road 497 due to firefighting activity for the Ferris wildfire approximately 30 miles northeast of Rawlins, Wyo.

The fire has burned an estimated 1,700 acres of grass, sagebrush, and mixed conifer trees with heavy pine beetle kill. It is located in very steep, rugged terrain on public, private and state-owned lands on Ferris Mountain, including the Ferris Wilderness Study Area. The wildfire was first reported at 11 a.m. on July 27; the cause is under investigation.

BLM High Desert District Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler says, “Our goal right now is to keep the fire west of County Road 497, so it doesn’t cross into the Seminoe Range.” Motorists, recreationists, and other public are advised to avoid Carbon County Road 497 as fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop. Fire activity will also be visible from Wyoming Highway 287 and motorists are advised not to drive into smoke obscured areas.

Shared resources between the Ferris and Seminoe fires include seven interagency crews, six engines, four Type I helicopters, three single engine air tankers, one heavy air tanker, two air attack planes and one lead plane. Air support is engaged in fighting the fire on top of Ferris Mountain. Carbon County firefighters are also conducting structure protection for private homes and barns in the area.

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 Office   289 Hwy 191 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 07-30-2012