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Release Number: BMFO 2002-33
For Release: September 3, 2004

BLM HOSTS PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING TO DISCUSS YOMBA WILDFIRE DEFENSE OPTIONS

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office is hosting a public scoping meeting to address hazardous fuel conditions existing in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) surrounding Yomba tribal lands and other residential property in Nye County. The public meeting will be held at the Austin Town Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 20, 2004. Hazardous fuels reduction is proposed on both BLM and U.S. Forest Service administered public lands.

The WUI fire protection project seeks to create a fire defense system around the community that would make wildfire suppression easier and safer. In addition, BLM fire management staff will be proposing a defense system designed to reduce fire hazards and threats to life, property and infrastructure . All possible options will be discussed including brush-beating (shrub mastication), thinning (shaded fuelbreaks in pinyon-juniper fuel types), biomass utilization (fuelwood), greenstripping and the limited use of prescribed fire (slash pile burning).

Dave Davis, Fire Management Officer, and Donovan Walker, Fire Ecologist and Project Lead, will facilitate the meeting to obtain audience feedback on the most favorable options for protecting the at-risk Yomba tribal lands and area community resources. This project is an interagency effort between the Battle Mountain Field Office and the Austin Ranger District.

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please call Donovan Walker at (775) 635-4000.

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