DATE: October 6, 2006
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-03
BLM PLANNING PRESCRIBED BURN AND FUEL TREATMENTS
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is planning to do a prescribed burn totaling 1,000 acres on Spruce Mountain near Basco Springs about 35 miles south of Wells, Nevada. Based on weather, the burning project will be done between October 10 and October 31, 2006. In addition, BLM will do a chaining project on 800 acres nearby on Spruce Mountain between October 16 and mid-November.
BLM Elko Field Office Fire Management Officer Joe Freeland commented, “Both the prescribed fire and chaining are part of the overall Spruce Mountain Restoration Project. The purpose of the burning and chaining is twofold. First, it will create breaks in the large block of continuous sagebrush and pinion/juniper stands thus reducing the danger of large, catastrophic fires. Secondly it will create forage and habitat for wildlife and benefit livestock as well.”
Freeland continued, “We fully realize the impacts of this year’s fire season and we know people are concerned. Most of this year’s fires were in the western and northern part of the Elko Field Office area. We need to treat the fuels on Spruce Mountain to reduce the likelihood of large fires here. This project is being funded by the Nevada Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Nevada Department of Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service Experiment Station, and BLM.”
“We will spend one day ‘black-lining’ the project area,” Freeland added. “This makes it safer when we return and burn the block of vegetation. Burning is planned to be done only on days that meet air quality standards and fire prescription parameters. 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 not to interfere with hunting season.”
For more information about this or other upcoming burning projects, contact Joe Freeland at the Elko BLM Office at (775) 753-0308.