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High Desert District
Release Date: 11/06/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory,    

BLM HDD Plans Prescribed Fires

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) plans to conduct several prescribed fires this fall and early winter contingent upon fuel moisture and weather meeting optimal burn conditions.

The prescribed fires are designed to improve wildlife habitat, including open water areas for waterfowl, increase livestock forage and distribution, enhance rangeland vegetation health, and reduce hazardous fuels by targeting stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs, aspen, and conifers. Burning the overstory shrubs and trees also opens up the areas for grasses and forbs and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen. The planned burns include:

  • Iron Mountain: Nearly 800 acres of mountain mahogany, bitterbrush, and sagebrush within the 6,250 acre project area 30 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Montgomery Pasture: Approximately 2,000 acres of sagebrush, mountain shrubs and aspen within the 5,000 acre project boundary 10 miles south of Rawlins, Wyo., along Atlantic Rim.
  • Red Wash Wetlands: About 150 acres of cattail vegetation in the Red Wash wetland complex 20 miles north of Baggs, Wyo., along Highway 789.

Several prescribed fires will dispose of slash left over from forest health treatments and the pre-treatment of areas for wildfire suppression and broadcast burns. These include:

  • Morgan Creek: Slash piles created during suppression of the 2012 Seminoe wildfire in the Seminoe Mountains approximately 30 miles northeast of Rawlins.
  • Dirtyman Creek: Slash piles from timber harvest and conifer removal in the Dirtyman Creek drainage approximately 30 miles south of Rawlins along the west edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
  • Airplane Park: Slash piles of conifer material resulting from the last several years of a Shirley Mountain forest health improvement project approximately 45 miles northeast of Rawlins.

Hunters and recreationists are advised to avoid these areas during prescribed fire operations. For more information, please contact HDD Fuels Specialist Chris Otto at 307-328-4250.

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: 11-06-2012