RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2007
CONTACT: Chad Lewis
Fuels Program Manager
BLM TO CONDUCT PILE BURNING -
RAILROAD VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
The Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) is planning to conduct prescribed burning activities during the months of February 2007 through April, 2007 in the Lockes Pond Unit of the Railroad Valley Wildlife Management Area. Burning will be intermittent and will not occur on every day throughout the burn window. The BMFO anticipates needing one to two days of favorable weather to burn approximately 93 acres. The three month burn window notice is intended to give the BMFO flexibility in scheduling the prescribed fire to take advantage of favorable weather conditions.
The prescribed fire area is 20 miles southwest of the town of Currant, NV. The objective is to burn the existing heavy riparian vegetation to maintain the wildlife habitat of the ponds.
The prescribed burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and fuel parameters. No more than 100 acres 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 Currant along Highway 6. Signs will be posted along Hwy. 6 on days that burning activities will take place.
If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please contact Chad Lewis, Fuels Management Specialist, or Lisa Walker, Fire Planner at (775) 635-4000.