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BLM Buffalo to conduct prescribed burn in Johnson County

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The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a prescribed burn this fall in the Beartrap Meadow area along Hazelton Road in southwest Johnson County. According to information from the BLM Buffalo Field Office, burning may start as early as late-September, 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 surrounding areas.

The BLM is coordinating with adjacent private landowners and the state to reduce the density of mountain big sagebrush in the area. The overall goal of the project is to improve ecological health, function, and structural diversity of the sagebrush. Previous burns in the area were successful and helped create and improve healthy ecological function, benefitting local wildlife and reducing the risk of local wildfires. For more information, please contact the Buffalo Field Office front desk at (307) 684-1100, Chris Sheets at (307) 684-1097, Jacob McClure at (307) 684-1064, or Jennifer Walker at (307) 684-1164.

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