Laney Rim Fire Nears 12,500 Acres

Laney Rim Fire Nears 12,500 Acres

ROCK SPRINGS — The Laney Rim fire, located approximately 25 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyoming, grew to around 12,465 acres.

The Southwestern Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire.

There are currently 137 wildland firefighters working to suppress fire with most resources focused on the eastern edge, where engines and other equipment can access the area.

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Sections of the Lanny Rim fire are burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain and aviation resources are being used in these areas as needed.

Fire crews are focusing on keeping the fire east of County Road 27, south of County Road 32, west of 430 and north of Potter Mountain to minimize impacts to Priority Sage Grouse Habitat, oil and gas infrastructure, grazing allotments, and cultural resources.

The fire is currently burning on BLM, State and private lands and no evacuation orders or road closures are in place.

Two private structures remain at risk and fire crews continue to monitor those areas closely.

No injuries or lost residential structures have been reported at this time.

The Laney Rim fire was detected on July 28 following a series of storms that passed through the area on the evening of the 27.

The passing storm also caused the Black Butte fire, which is contained, and the Big Ridge fire, which is currently under control, in the area.

The combined weather conditions and fire activity meant that minimal resources were available for initial response to the Laney Rim fire.

For more information, please contact Brad Purdy at 307-286-2200 or at bpurdy@blm.gov.

About the BLM

The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.