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Carson City District
Release Date: 05/02/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2012-025

BLM Issues Temporary Restriction and Closure for Ray May Fire Rehabilitation Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office has issued a temporary vehicle use restriction and temporary closure to wood harvesting and tree cutting on BLM-managed land in the Ray May Fire burn area on the west side of the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nev. The order will be in effect until Aug. 1, 2014.

Over the next several years, the BLM will implement post-fire rehabilitation and stabilization measures that will encourage re-growth of annual and perennial plants. The restriction and closure is needed to prevent soil erosion which is likely to occur from cross-country vehicle use and removal of downed wood stabilization structures. Vehicle use in the area will be limited to posted roads and two-track trails that will remain open during this period.

This action was analyzed in the Ray May Fire, Emergency Action Temporary Closures Environmental Assessment. The restriction and closure will improve post-fire recovery and rehabilitation of the Ray May Fire burn area as outlined in the 2011 Post-Fire Recovery Plan, Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation Plan for Ray May Fire.

On August 16, 2011, the Ray May Fire was started by an escaped campfire in an undeveloped portion of public land. The fire was declared out on August 29, 2011, after burning approximately 4,180 acres of private and BLM-managed land. This temporary restriction and closure applies to the approximately 2,267 acres of public land within the burn area.

The decision, supporting documents and maps of the closure area may be viewed on-line at Maps of the closure area are available at the Carson City District Office.

If you have questions on this matter, please contact Ryan Elliott, fire planner, at: or by phone at: (775) 885-6167.

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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Last updated: 05-16-2012