BLM Newcastle to conduct prescribed burn in Weston County

(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 11:48 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a prescribed burn this fall near the South Dakota/Wyoming state line in Weston County. The BLM plans to burn approximately 80 acres within the Sherwood Canyon area along Beaver Creek Road.

Burning may start as early as October, after fire restrictions are lifted, and could continue throughout the fall as weather and fuel conditions allow. All BLM prescribed burn projects are conducted in accordance with approved burn plans that specify weather, smoke dispersal, and fuel moisture conditions. Smoke may be visible at times from the surrounding areas.

The BLM is coordinating with adjacent private landowners to reduce the density of Rocky Mountain juniper and improve the ecological health, function, and structural diversity of the pine and mountain mahogany ecosystem. The project is part of a multi-year effort by the BLM and partners to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires and improve stand growth and wildlife habitat in the area.

For more information, please contact the Newcastle Field Office front desk at (307) 746-6600, Matt Spring at (307) 746-6645, or Scott Manahan at (307) 746-6607.