U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Elko District Office
|Release Date: 03/21/12|
|News Release No. ELDO 2012-030|
BLM Completes Izzenhood Prescribed Fire
ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District Office successfully completed a 1,200 acre prescribed fire within the 2011 Izzenhood fire area March 15, 2012.
Working alongside fire crews from the Battle Mountain District and the U.S. Forest Service, the area was cleared of last year’s cheatgrass in preparation for upcoming herbicide treatment. A total of 15 fire personnel utilized two BLM heavy fire engines and a tractor with a plow to prepare and burn the area.
The precision burn lasted approximately five hours. Each person working the burn was a trained fire crew member working with drip torches containing a mixture of gasoline and diesel. This mixture is dripped onto a wick which in turn drops tiny flames onto the burn area.
“We then monitored the area for two days to ensure there was no more active flames,” said Matt Murphy, Natural Resource Specialist, Elko BLM. “After two days, it rained and the fire was declared 100 percent out. Before performing the burn, we monitored the weather and determined the conditions would be ideal on this day and they were.”
The removal of cheatgrass allows for greater amounts of herbicide to reach the soil and prohibit germination and growth of harmful annual grasses. This 1,200 acre prescribed burn is part of an 1,800 acre treatment block to potentially reduce the amount of cheatgrass along the Izzenhood Road and prepare for seeding and establishment of more fire-resistant perennial species. The remaining 600 acres had a less concentrated cheatgrass population and have been harrowed for herbicide treatment.
Pictures of the prescribed burn can be found at Nevada BLM’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/blmnevada/collections/ under the Elko District Office.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Elko District Office 3900 E. Idaho St. Elko, NV 89801
|Last updated: 03-21-2012|
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