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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 09/21/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

BLM High Plains District Office Reminds Public Land Users of Fire Restrictions on Public Lands

As temperatures begin to cool and local area hunters take to the outdoors, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office (HPDO) would like to remind public land users of fire restrictions still in place on public lands.

Fire restrictions were implemented this June due to dry conditions and high fire danger. Although daytime temperatures are cooling, range conditions are still extremely dry and risks of large wildfires are still high. Until significant weather changes occur, fire restrictions will remain in place.

“We appreciate all of the cooperation to date from all public land users,” said Kirk Strom HPDO fire management officer. “There are several large fires currently in the state and several human cause fires over the weekend. We need to remind everyone that the risks are still there and ask for the public’s continued cooperation. This is a very dry year and fuel moistures are still well below average. We will notify the public when conditions change and fire restrictions are lifted.”

Fire restrictions are in place on lands managed by the HPDO which includes the Buffalo, Casper, and Newcastle Field Offices. Fire restrictions on public lands differ by agency, forest and BLM field office. Refer to the following website for details and updates throughout the fall season:

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 Plains District Office   2987 Prospector Dr.      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 09-21-2012