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High Desert District
Release Date: 06/20/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Public Asked to Use Caution as Fire Danger Increases

Fire danger is increasing throughout the Rawlins Interagency Dispatch area and fire managers are reminding public lands users to use caution while recreating outdoors.

Fire managers track fire danger indices by monitoring the weather and the moisture in vegetation. Fire danger, currently moderate, is increasing with warm and dry weather and indices are now trending above normal for this time of year. Moderate fire danger means fires start easily, spread at a moderate rate and, on windy days, will burn briskly and spread rapidly in open-cured grassland.

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, visitors and residents alike are reminded that fireworks are not permitted on BLM lands at any time. Other activities subject to BLM year-round fire restrictions include:

  • Discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition;
  • Burning, igniting, or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or other hazardous or explosive material; and
  • Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.

With the already active fire season, public land users should exercise caution and practice heightened fire safety at all times: ensure all campfires are dead out; travel and camp with a shovel, fire extinguisher and ample water; and confine smoking within a vehicle or cleared area. Industry should also have protective measures in place to limit fire ignitions.

To report a fire or smoke, call 911 or Rawlins Interagency Dispatch at 800-295-9953.

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: 06-20-2013