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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain District Office
 
Release Date: 02/19/13
Contacts: Josh Tibbetts , 775-635-4109 , jtibbett@blm.gov
  Chad Lewis , 775-635-4102 , clewis@blm.gov
News Release No. BMDO 2013-09

BLM to Conduct a Public Scoping Meeting on the Battle Mountain Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Defense System


Battle Mountain, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District Office (BMDO) invites the community to learn about a planning proposal to reduce hazardous fuel loadings and to create a defensible buffer from catastrophic wildfire in and around Battle Mountain, Nev. The BMDO will host a public scoping meeting at the Battle Mountain Civic Center, 625 S. Broad St., on March 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to present the proposed project and meet with interested parties to further develop the project.

“The goal is to create a fire defense system to make an established or emerging wildfire easier and safer to manage,” said District Manage Doug Furtado. “Reasonable and feasible options will be discussed at the meeting, including brush-beating, green-stripping and the use of prescribed grazing. We expect the meeting to provide the community with a good understanding of what we intend to accomplish to provide defensible buffers from wildfire,” Furtado added. 

Staff from the Battle Mountain District Fire Program will facilitate the meeting in order to gain feedback on the most favorable options for protecting at-risk resources in the Battle Mountain Assessment Area.

The BMDO has completed a fire risk and hazard assessment for the Battle Mountain area and has identified approximately 22,000 acres of wildland-urban interface public lands that are at an overall moderate risk of experiencing catastrophic wildfire. 

As a result of implementing the proposed action, buffers would be created in strategic areas which would serve to moderate fire behavior within the treated areas, reducing the likelihood of a wildfire entering (or leaving) the community of Battle Mountain and creating a safer environment for firefighters to engage in suppression operations. Further benefits include local watershed protection, improvement of stand structure and increased opportunities for ecological diversity within the wildland-urban interface. In addition, areas within the wildland-urban interface would be more resistant to fire. Upon completion of this project, monitoring, and further maintenance (mechanical, chemical, and/or biological) treatments will be utilized to maintain the project area.

A combination of mechanical, chemical and/or biological treatments are a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to address the hazardous fuel conditions occurring within the Battle Mountain Fire Defense Systems Assessment Area. 

For further information please call Josh Tibbetts, prescribed fire/fuels specialist at (775) 635-4109, or email jtibbett@blm.gov, or Chad Lewis, fuels program manager at (775) 635-4102, or email clewis@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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Last updated: 02-22-2013