U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Ely District Office
|Release Date: 09/04/13|
|News Release No. ELY 2013-083|
Black Fire Update CORRECTED
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District on Tuesday, Sept. 3, declared the approximately 5,000-acre Black Fire, located within the BLM’s Highland Ridge Wilderness and Great Basin National Park, fully contained. Lexington Arch Road remains CLOSED until further notice.
The BLM and National Park Service are asking the public to take extra precaution when recreating in the area and to stay out of the burned area during significant weather events. Loss of vegetation following the wildfire coupled with recent precipitation has led to soil instability in the burned area and adjoining drainages. The north and south forks of the Lexington Arch Road continue to experience dispersed flooding and washouts. The public is encouraged to obey all posted signs and to use good judgment, especially when accessing burned areas. Erosion is a natural process and will lessen over time through natural regeneration of the vegetation and proposed rehabilitation efforts.
The Ely District managed the lightning-ignited 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.
The BLM was assisted by Great Basin National Park and Unaweep Wildland Fire Module (WFM), of Grand Junction, Colo. The Unaweep WFM is a 7-person crew that supports national interagency programs with the use of fire, including prescribed fire and wildfire, and hazardous fuels reduction and other projects.
For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Ely District Office 702 North Industrial Way Ely, NV 89301
|Last updated: 09-04-2013|
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