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High Desert District
Release Date: 05/09/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Completes Morgan Creek Prescribed Fire

The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District (HDD) treated approximately 250 acres with prescribed fire in the Morgan Creek drainage in the Seminoe Mountains on Monday. Crews will actively patrol and monitor the 309 acre project area for the remainder of the week.

Residual burning and smoke may linger for a week or more within the burn perimeter. Pine needles, timber litter and other timber understory continue to smolder and individual and group tree torching may occur with the possibility of short runs. Weather conditions will influence the behavior and duration of remaining fuels in the burned area.

Caution signs have been posted on the Seminoe-Alcova backcountry byway at each end of the project area. Motorists are urged to use caution as there will be fire vehicles and personnel along the road and the possibility of limited vision due to smoke, especially at night due to inversions. Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to use caution or avoid the area entirely as there are standing and fallen snags.

This area of the Seminoe Mountains was impacted by the 2012 Seminoe wildfire which exhibited extreme fire behavior in ponderosa pine and mountain shrubs. The prescribed fire burned mixed mountain shrubs, conifers and understory vegetation beneath ponderosa pine as part of an overall strategy to improve wildlife habitat and treat hazardous fuels which could threaten nearby structures.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition and BLM Hazardous Fuels Reduction Funds are backing the long-term mechanical, fire and chemical treatment of vegetation in the Seminoe Mountains.

For more information, please contact HDD Fuels Specialist Chris Otto at 307-328-4250 or the Rawlins Field Office at 307-328-4200.

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: 05-09-2013