DATE: September 21, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-59
BLM PLANNING PRESCRIBED BURN
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is planning to begin a series of prescribed burns in the Owyhee Desert about 30 miles north of Midas, Nevada. Up to 3000 acres will be burned in approximate 500-acre parcels as early as the end of this week and continuing until the project is completed or the weather turns.
BLM Elko Field Office Burn Boss Shane McDonald said, “The purpose of the Owyhee project is to break up the large blocks of sagebrush. This will reduce the potential for large fires and increase habitat diversity for livestock and wildlife – especially sage grouse. The burns will be done in ‘mosaic’ patterns to better mimic natural fires.”
McDonald continued, “There will be no road closures associated with the burning project, nor do we anticipate problems with smoky conditions. We want people to know we’re in the area and conducting the burning. We’ll make every effort to minimize impacts to hunting season.”
“Even though fire restrictions for Northeastern Nevada have been lifted, we ask that people remain cautious with campfires and when driving in Nevada’s backcountry,” McDonald concluded.
For more information about this or other upcoming burning projects, contact Shane McDonald at the Elko BLM Office at (775) 753-0200.