(Lander, WY) — The Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District will conduct a prescribed burn along the foothills of the south side of Green Mountain, in an area known as the Mountain Allotment, north of Crooks Creek. The burn is expected to take place in mid-April or early May, contingent on weather conditions.
The prescribed burn will occur within a total project area of approximately 11,900 acres, with an objective of burning approximately 200-300 acres of BLM-managed lands this spring when conditions are suitable for controlled burning. The burn is part of an on-going effort to reduce hazardous fuels and enhance wildlife habitat.
This spring’s burn is expected to last 4-5 days. Smoke on the mountain may be visible from the Jeffrey City, Bairoil and Muddy Gap areas.
The objectives of the prescribed burn are to reduce shrub and woodland conifer density to lessen the probability of severe wildfire; create a more diverse mosaic of vegetation age classes; and improve seasonal and year-long wildlife habitat conditions within the project area. The prescribed burn will improve aspen stands and mountain shrub habitat which are critical for species such as pronghorn, mule deer, Greater Sage-Grouse and other birds including Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow and Sage Sparrow.
The project is a cooperative effort involving the BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Lands Board and grazing permittees who seasonally utilize the project area.