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High Desert District
Release Date: 09/03/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Plans Little Red Creek Prescribed Fire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) anticipates optimal burn conditions and will initiate a 1,000 acre prescribed fire in the Little Red Creek drainage along the Utah and Wyoming border early this fall, weather permitting.

The project area is located south of Telephone Canyon, between the Tepee Mountains and Pine Mountain, approximately 60 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyo. Historically, the drainage is moderately grazed with Little Red Creek and numerous ponds providing water. Partly because of drought conditions and no recent fire activity, fuel accumulation and shrub encroachment into aspen stands has diminished the water supply and decreased overall ecosystem vitality.

This prescribed fire is a joint effort by the BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Muley Fanatic Foundation to reduce hazardous fuel loads; improve watershed conditions for wildlife and fisheries habitat; decrease sagebrush and juniper competition with aspen, mountain shrubs and native grasses; deter juniper and conifer encroachment into aspen stands; stimulate new aspen growth; and improve forage for ungulates.

Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to avoid the area during prescribed fire operations which are expected to last three to six days. For more information, please contact Michael Barajas at 307-352-0376.

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: 09-11-2013