BLM to Burn Slash Piles this Winter in Bighorn Mountains

BLM Buffalo to Burn Slash Piles in Bighorn Mountains and Campbell County 

Written by on November 14, 2022

Officials say that the Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office plans to burn slash piles this fall and winter on BLM-administered lands in the Bighorn Mountains and Campbell County. Burning may begin mid-November and continue through April 2023.


All prescribed burn projects are conducted in accordance with approved burn plans and burning is contingent on fuel moisture and weather meeting appropriate treatment condition on site. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding areas during burning operations and days following as slash materials consume.

Bighorn Mountains

  • Gardner Mountain: BLM will target approximately 83 acres of hand piles resulting from fuels reduction projects to restore curl-leaf mahogany stands, completed in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  • Sawmill Creek off Hazelton Road: BLM plans to burn approximately 445 acres of hand piles resulting from forest health and fuels reduction projects.
  • Billy Creek: BLM has completed forest health and fuels reduction projects in the area and will target 726 acres of hand piles. Additionally, 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, which BLM burns every winter. The BLM would like to remind users that excavated stumps are not allowed in the pile because they are difficult to maneuver and burn.

Campbell County

  • Weston Hills: BLM will burn approximately 310 acres of hand piles resulting from a completed fuels reduction project.

For more information, please contact the Buffalo Field Office front desk at 307-684-1100, Jennifer Walker at 307-684-1164, or Jacob McClure at 307-684-1064.

The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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