BLM Burns Slash Piles in the Bighorn Mountains and Campbell County

Press Release – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office is planning to burn slash piles on BLM lands this fall and winter in several areas: Billy Creek, Mosier Gulch, Beartrap, near Bitter Creek in northwestern Campbell County and along Collins Road in north central Campbell County.

BLM has been working in the Mosier Gulch area, west of Buffalo, to improve forest health and reduce hazardous fuels near Highway 16 and within the BLM picnic area.  Thinning treatments have removed ladder fuels, dead and dying trees, as well as ponderosa pine.

In the Billy Creek area, the BLM provides a public slash disposal site to local homeowners. The site is for non-commercial use and can accommodate small material such as branches and small trees. BLM burns the pile every winter and would like to remind users that excavated stumps are not allowed in the pile because they are difficult to move and burn.

In northwestern Campbell County, near Bitter Creek, the Conservation District and Wyoming State Forestry Division have completed thinning treatments on private lands and BLM will burn hand piles on about 80 acres. In north central Campbell County BLM has completed a fuels reduction project and will burn hand piles on about 15 acres near the junction of Collins Road and Horse Creek Roads.

Burning may begin in November, 2016 and continue through April 2017.  All prescribed burn projects are conducted in accordance with approved burn plans which specify weather, smoke dispersal, and fuel moisture conditions.

For more information, please contact The Buffalo Field Office front desk at (307) 684-1100 or Jennifer Walker at (307) 684-1164.

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.