BLM to burn slash piles near Atlantic City and Dubois

by | Oct 29, 2019 2:13PM

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BLM Wyoming shared the following:

LANDER, Wyo. — As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s mission to keep public landscapes healthy and productive, the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District plans to burn slash piles near Atlantic City (south of Wyoming Highway 28) and west of Dubois (south of U.S. Highway 26). Fire operations may begin in late October and continue until spring 2020 when snow or other weather conditions are present to limit fire growth potential.

Slash is comprised of tree tops, limbs and trunks left over from mechanical treatments, in these cases, the results of recent thinning projects. The goals of the thinning projects were to reduce hazardous fuels, remove conifers where they were encroaching on aspen stands and stimulate aspen regeneration to improve vegetation health and wildlife habitat.

The BLM will consider weather conditions and fuel moisture when determining which days to burn piles. Smoke from the piles may be visible from Atlantic City and along Wyoming Highway 28, and from Dubois and along U.S. Highway 26. Fire crews will remain on scene to monitor the piles and ensure public safety until fires are secure.

For more information, contact Rance Neighbors in the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office at 307-347-5100 or Jamie Geerdes in the Lander Field Office at 307-332-8484.

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