BATTLE MOUNTAIN FIELD OFFICE NO.: 2007-09
FOR RELEASE: April 23, 2007
CONTACT: Donovan Walker, Fire Ecologist, 775-635-4000
BLM TO IMPLEMENT RED HILLS PRESCRIBED BURN
HAZARDOUS FUEL REDUCTION IN BUG-KILLED PINYON-JUNIPER STANDS
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) is planning to continue prescribed burning activities between April 25 and May 19, 2007, in the Red Hills area west of Roberts Mountain. The purpose of this action is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations in the Red Hills/Tonkin Spring area of Eureka County, Nevada. Fuels reduction is necessary to mitigate areas of bug and other pathogen infested pinyon-juniper stands in the Red Hills project area. The BMFO successfully burned 230 acres within the project area last spring. During the October, 2006 burn window, only 5 acres were successfully burned due to unfavorable weather conditions. The BMFO plans to complete 2 large blocks this spring totaling approximately 2,500 acres of the 3,671-acre project area.
The prescribed burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and fuel parameters. A Prescribed Fire Burn Plan has been developed to mitigate the risk of escape as well as to promote attainment of project objectives. The burn may occur any time between the above mentioned dates or be postponed until a window of acceptable prescriptive conditions opens. Smoke will be visible from S.R. 278 and from U.S. Hwy 50. Given prescriptive requirements of the burn plan, smoke is not expected to impact these highways, nor Eureka or Diamond Valley. Local ranchers will be notified individually prior to burning activities. Signs will be posted along S.R. 278 and U.S. Hwy. 50 on days that burning activities will take place to notify motorists of prescribed fire activities, visible at a distance. Additional signs will be posted on the local dirt roads warning of smoke and prescribed fire activities in the immediate area.
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.