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Yuma Field Office
Release Date: 01/07/14
Contacts: Lori Cook, 928-317-3243 or 928-246-8560    

Prescribed Burn at Mittry Lake Wildlife Area

Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to conduct a prescribed burn on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in the southern portion of the Mittry Lake Wildlife Area. The start date and time for the burning operation depends on weather and may be delayed until appropriate conditions occur.

Due to public safety, the Betty’s Kitchen Road will be closed for public use starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014, through Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

BLM estimates it will take 2 -3 hours to burn the 43 acres of cured Bermuda grass, with smoke visible for approximately 2 hours.

The purpose of the burn is to improve the health of the Bermuda grass and to rid the area of salt cedar sprouts and weeds. Another benefit to this project is the reduction of soil salinity so, in the future, these fields can be planted with native trees such as cottonwoods and willows to provide threatened and endangered species habitat.

This burn is a joint venture with BLM, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 01-07-2014