BLM Logo
High Desert District
Release Date: 09/05/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Fighting Elk Butte Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and Sweetwater County, Wyo., are fighting the Elk Butte wildfire approximately 30 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyo., on Highway 430.

The wildfire was first reported at 11:30 a.m. today. It has burned an estimated 100 acres of grass, sagebrush, and juniper in steep, rugged terrain on BLM lands. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Resources on the wildfire include two Sweetwater County engines and a water tender as well as two BLM Type VI engines. Additional air and ground resources have been ordered to help fight the fire.

Fire activity is visible from Highway 430 and motorists are advised not to drive into smoke obscured areas. The public is asked to use caution or avoid the area entirely as 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: 09-05-2012