BMFO-2007-01 RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2006
CONTACT: Chad Lewis - Fuels Program Manager
BLM TO CONDUCT PILE BURNING - EUREKA FIRE DEFENSE SYSTEMS
The Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) is planning to continue prescribed burning activities during the months of November 2006 through February, 2007, in the Hogpen Canyon and Graveyard Units of the Eureka Fire Defense Project. Burning will be intermittent and will not occur on every day throughout the burn window. The BMFO anticipates needing one to four days of favorable weather to dispose of the approximately forty piles that remain on the project. The four month burn window notice is intended to give the BMFO flexibility in scheduling the prescribed fire to take advantage of favorable weather conditions. To date, approximately sixty-two acres of slash have been disposed of either by chipping or by burning.
The prescribed fire area is ¼ mile west-to-northwest of the town of Eureka. The objective is to dispose of debris piles 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 fifty 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 in Hogpen Canyon, along Highway 50 north of Eureka and near the Cedar Hills Cemetery. Signs will be posted along Hwy. 50 on days that burning activities will take place. Approximately three acres with approximately forty piles are targeted for implementation under this notice.
If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please contact Chad Lewis, Fuels Management Specialist at (775) 635-4102, or Lisa Walker, Fire Planner at (775) 635-4109