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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Ely District Office
 
Release Date: 09/04/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 , chanefel@blm.gov
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 chanefel@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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