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BLM to burn about 310 acres in north-central Campbell County

The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office announced fall and winter burn plans for lands it administers in western Johnson County and north-central Campbell County,.

Slash piles burn along Billy Creek Road. (BLM Wyoming)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office announced this morning that it plans to burn slash piles this fall and winter on BLM-administered lands in western Johnson County and north-central Campbell County.

Burning could begin in November and continue through April 2024 in the following areas, according to the BLM news release:

Campbell County

  • The BLM will burn roughly 310 acres of hand piles resulting from a completed fuels reduction project in the Weston Hills area of north-central Campbell County.

Johnson County

  • Gardner Mountain. The BLM plans to burn about 83 acres of hand piles from fuels reduction projects to restore curl-leaf mahogany stands. The BLM is partnering with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  • Sawmill Creek area off Hazelton/Slip roads. The BLM will target about 787 acres of hand piles from forest health and fuels reduction projects
  • Billy Creek area. The BLM completed forest health and fuels reduction projects in the area. It will target 297 acres of hand piles. The BLM has a non-commercial, public slash disposal site for local homeowners that can accommodate branches and small trees. The BLM burns the pile every winter. Excavated stumps are not allowed in the pile, as stumps are difficult to maneuver and burn.

Locals may see smoke during burning operations and the days that follow. The burn projects follow approved burn plans that specify weather, smoke dispersal and fuel moisture conditions that the site must have to proceed with burning.

For more information, call the Buffalo Field Office front desk at 307-684-1100 or Jacob McClure at 307- 684-1064.

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