RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2007
CONTACT: Donovan Walker
Fire Ecologist 775-635-4000
BLM SLASH MANAGEMENT AND PLANNED PILE BURNING MANHATTAN WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE PROJECT
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) has been conducting small prescribed burns in and around the town of Manhattan, Nevada for nearly four years as part of Manhattan’s Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), Fire Defense System project. To date, the BLM has completed one hundred ninety-nine (199) acres of burning activities within the project with the help of the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), Tonopah Conservation Camp. Managing the large amounts of slash generated by thinning operations is a challenging but necessary component of measuring the success of the project. Eliminating these residual fuels substantially reduces the remaining fire hazard. Combined with the thinning operations, the project has been effective in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Manhattan WUI.
The BMFO is planning to continue prescribed burning activities during the up-coming winter months and possibly into March of 2008. Up to forty (40) acres of slash piles are targeted for disposal by burning, within the Manhattan WUI project during this time period. The prescribed fire area is immediately adjacent to the town of Manhattan and will take place in the project’s Mill Site Unit, immediately north of town and the RD14 Unit east of Manhattan along Forest Road 014 as conditions permit.
Prescribed burning is highly dependent on weather conditions and fuel parameters. All burning activities will be conducted in accordance with the approved 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 on every day during the burn window.
For further information please contact Donovan Walker, Fire Ecologist/Burn Boss or Dave Davis, Fire Management Officer at the Battle Mountain Field Office, at (775) 635-4000.