BMFO-2006-10 RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2006
CONTACT: Donovan Walker Fire Ecologist
BLM TO CONDUCT PILE BURNING - MANHATTAN FIRE DEFENSE SYSTEMS
The Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain Field Office is planning to continue prescribed burning activities during the months of April, May and June, 2006, in the Manhattan Wildland-urban Interface (WUI) project. Up to sixty-eight (68) acres of slash piles, are targeted for disposal by burning during this time period. To date, the BLM has completed sixty-three (63) acres of burning activities within the project with the help of The Nevada Division of Forestry, Tonopah Conservation Camp. The conservation camp has been instrumental to the success of the project.
The prescribed fire area is ¼ mile south of the town of Manhattan and will take place in the project’s Pipe Springs Unit and the RD14 Unit east of Manhattan along Forest Road 014. The objective is to dispose of slash piles generated from thinning operations which have been implemented to protect the community from catastrophic wildfires. The prescribed burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and fuel parameters. No more than five (5) acres of piles per day will be burned in accordance with the burn plan. The burn may be postponed until a window of acceptable prescriptive conditions opens. Smoke may be visible from Manhattan and other nearby areas. Ignition operations will be intermittent to allow for adequate smoke dispersal and burning will not occur every day during the burn window.
For further information please contact Donovan Walker, Fire Ecologist or Dave Davis, Fire Management Officer at the Battle Mountain Field Office, phone (775) 635-4000.