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Release Date: 08/02/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2013-065

Black Fire Update

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District and Great Basin National Park managers and staff will meet with the public at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Great Basin Visitor Center, State Route 487, in Baker, Nev., to provide a progress report on the Black Fire that will include post-fire rehabilitation and safety guidelines for park visitors.

Firefighters continue to monitor the approximately 4,700-acre fire that is located on BLM-administered land in and outside the Highland Ridge Wilderness, as well as in Great Basin National Park.  Firefighters are protecting highly-valued cultural and natural resources.  The lightning-ignited fire poses NO threat to human life or property, though area residents and park visitors may occasionally see residual smoke.  The Lexington Arch Road remains closed for public safety.

The BLM is managing the fire in accordance with the Ely District Managed Natural and Prescribed Fire Plan, which identifies areas where allowing wildland fire to resume its natural role in the ecosystem would benefit resources.  The plan increases native vegetative diversity and improves wildlife habitat.  It also increases public and firefighter safety, and reduces the threat of catastrophic wildfire.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842 or

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: 08-06-2013