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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain
 
Release Date: 02/14/12
Contacts: Chad Lewis , 775-635-4102 , c1lewis@blm.gov
News Release No. BMDO 2012-12

BLM to Conduct Prescribed Fire Activities In Manhattan, Nevada


Battle Mountain, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District Office plans to continue prescribed burning activities in the Manhattan Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) project, between the months of February and June, 2012. Up to 20 acres of slash piles will be disposed of. To date, the BLM has completed 300 acres of burning activities within the project. The ongoing hazardous fuel reduction activities are an important part of what the BLM does on the Battle Mountain District. Working with our partners the BLM can continue to help alleviate catastrophic fires from impacting communities and the public lands. This project is being completed the cooperation and participation of the Nevada Division of Forestry, Tonopah Conservation Camp, Nye County and the community of Manhattan. Their continued support and cooperation remains essential to the success of the project.

The prescribed fire areas are 1/4 mile west-to-northwest of the town of Manhattan and 1/4 mile east and southeast of the town of Manhattan. The intent is to dispose of slash piles generated from thinning operations that have previously been implemented to protect the community from catastrophic wildfires.

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 every day during the burn window. The prescribed burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and fuel parameters, and may be postponed until a window of acceptable prescriptive conditions open.

For further information please contact Chad Lewis, Fuels Program Manager, Battle Mountain District Office, at (775) 635-4102 or email c1lewis@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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