News Release

For Release:  January 18, 2007       
Contact:  Dale Johnson 760-872-5055

BLM Proposes Fuels Reduction Work in Benton Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office is proposing to reduce hazardous fuels on up to 60 acres of BLM-managed public lands near Benton, California.  The project would help protect nearby residents and their homes from wildland fire and increase safety for firefighters working to suppress a fire near the community should one occur.

The land proposed for treatment is comprised of a variety of shrub species, which under the right conditions can produce an intense wildland fire that is both difficult and dangerous to control.  To achieve hazardous fuels reduction, the BLM is proposing to mow brush within an 80 to 120 foot wide strip adjacent to selected parcels of private and tribal land.

Comments on this proposed project should be addressed to Bill Dunkelberger, field manager, BLM – Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA 93514.  Comments should be received by February 23, 2007.

For more information, contact Dale Johnson, fuels planner for the Bishop Field Office, at (760) 872-5055. 


Bishop Field Office – 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100. - Bishop, CA 93514