Forest Service/BLM prescribed burn northwest of Kemmerer
In the Pole Creek area, west of LaBarge and Commissary Ridge
September 4, 2010
KEMMERER – The Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Kemmerer Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management plan to implement a prescribed burn in the Pole Creek area this fall. The project will burn across approximately 13,000 acres. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Fire Managers hope to begin ignitions around September 1, 2010.
The Pole Creek Prescribed Fire project is located in Lincoln County, 25 miles Northwest of Kemmerer, WY. The project area encompasses Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, State and private lands.
The objectives of the burn are to rejuvenate decadent aspen stands by targeting dead and dying beetle killed conifers, promote grasses and forbs to improve habitat for big game, reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and restore fire to the landscape representing a more historical and natural role in the environment.
This project is expected to be carried out anytime between September 1 and October 31. Actual ignition dates will be dependent on meeting strict parameters for weather and fire behavior conditions. Flames may be visible during the active burning operation and smoke will be evident in the vicinity, especially in mountain valleys during the early morning hours of the burn period. his project has the potential to impact both archery and rifle seasons.
For public safety, a temporary closure will be in effect throughout the duration of the project. Roads 10145, 10136, 10282, 10155, and a portion of 10154 and Carl Creek road will be closed.
The Hams Fork Road will remain open. Visitors are reminded to always use caution when recreating in burned areas. Smoke, falling snags and active fire may be present after a closure has been lifted. Interagency fire managers will attempt to minimize any adverse impacts to the public as the burns proceed.
A No-Camping closure will be in effect from Sept 1 – Oct 31, or until lifted, to provide for public safety during ignition operations. The public is encouraged not to set up camps in the area until the closure is lifted. If camps are found within the area, the occupants will be asked to move for their safety and the safety of fire personnel.
This vegetation treatment is an interagency cooperative effort with Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative, US Forest Service and Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust Fund.
For more information about this project, contact USFS Kirk Strom at 307-828-5116, or BLM Richard Putnam at 307-352-0236.
Map (PDF): http://gacc.nifc.gov/egbc/dispatch/wy-tdc/documents/information/prescribed-fires/nocampingltr.pdf