BLM Logo
High Desert District
Release Date: 06/13/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM High Desert District Urges Caution to Prevent Wild Fires

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is reminding the public of the dry weather and fuel conditions throughout Wyoming and urges caution when using fire on public lands.

“Even with above average winter and spring precipitation, conditions in southern Wyoming are still dry and susceptible to wild fires. In fact, fire danger is now rated at moderate instead of nil,” says High Desert District Fire Management Officer Frank Keeler. He adds, “The district has already responded to several wild fires and more are expected as temperatures increase and fuels dry out.”

Public land users should practice heightened fire safety at all times. Suggested precautions include:

  • Digging a pit and using a fire ring for campfires.
  • Ensuring all campfires are dead out by stirring coals and ashes with water until no heat remains.
  • Traveling and camping with a shovel, fire extinguisher and ample water.
  • Confining smoking within a vehicle or cleared area and disposing of cigarettes in proper containers.
  • Storing flammable liquid containers in a safe place.
  • Coordinating farm and ranch burning with local authorities.

Activities subject to year-round fire restrictions on BLM-administered lands include:

  • Discharging fireworks.
  • Discharging a firearm with incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burning or igniting any tire, wire, magnesium or other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operating an off-road vehicle not equipped with a properly installed spark arrester.

At the first sign of a wild fire, leave the area immediately by established trails or roads. To report a wild fire or smoke, call the Rawlins Interagency Dispatch Center at 800-295-9953 or 911.

In the event of severe weather and fuel conditions, fire restrictions may be put in place by the BLM and county governments. Wild fires caused by violating fire restrictions or by negligence may result in fines, prison or both in addition to the cost of fighting the wild fire.

For more information, please contact Keeler at 307-352-0282.

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: 06-13-2014