The prescribed fires are designed to improve wildlife habitat, including open water areas for waterfowl, increase livestock forage and distribution, enhance rangeland vegetation health, and reduce hazardous fuels by targeting stands of sagebrush, mountain shrubs, aspen, and conifers. Burning the overstory shrubs and trees also opens up the areas for grasses and forbs and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen. The planned burns include:
- Iron Mountain: Nearly 800 acres of mountain mahogany, bitterbrush, and sagebrush within the 6,250 acre project area 30 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Wyo.
- Montgomery Pasture: Approximately 2,000 acres of sagebrush, mountain shrubs and aspen within the 5,000 acre project boundary 10 miles south of Rawlins, Wyo., along Atlantic Rim.
- Red Wash Wetlands: About 150 acres of cattail vegetation in the Red Wash wetland complex 20 miles north of Baggs, Wyo., along Highway 789.
- Morgan Creek: Slash piles created during suppression of the 2012 Seminoe wildfire in the Seminoe Mountains approximately 30 miles northeast of Rawlins.
- Dirtyman Creek: Slash piles from timber harvest and conifer removal in the Dirtyman Creek drainage approximately 30 miles south of Rawlins along the west edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
- Airplane Park: Slash piles of conifer material resulting from the last several years of a Shirley Mountain forest health improvement project approximately 45 miles northeast of Rawlins.