On August 16, 2011 the Ray May Fire (Fire) was started by an escaped campfire in an undeveloped portion of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The Fire occurred on the west side of the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County, Nevada (Map 1). The Fire was controlled after burning approximately 4,180 public and private acres, and was declared out on August 29, 2011. The Ray May Fire burn area is within the administrative jurisdiction of the BLM, Sierra Front Field Office.
Post fire analysis suggests that most of the burn area on BLM-managed lands was exposed to moderate to high intensity fire, causing a loss of substantial perennial vegetation. Approximately 2,267 acres of BLM-managed lands, and 1,913 acres of private lands (including 1,095 acres of Indian Trust lands) are included within the burn area.
This Proposed Action would: 1) restrict motorized vehicle use to posted roads and two-track trails on BLM-managed lands; and 2) close BLM-managed lands within the burn area to wood harvesting and/or tree cutting. The proposed restrictions would be in effect until August 1, 2014. Under the Proposed Action, the BLM would install signs informing the public that they are entering a temporarily restricted area where all Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) travel is limited to posted routes. Existing dirt roads and two-track trails within the burn area would be posted as open to motorized vehicle use. Signs would also notify the public that they are entering BLM-managed lands where wood harvesting and/or tree cutting is prohibited.
Establishing these restrictions would enable resource recovery over three growing seasons, and provide the BLM time to implement post-fire recovery and rehabilitation as outlined in the BLM NV Post-Fire Recovery Plan, Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation, 2011 Plan, Ray May Fire (Plan). The Plan can be found in Appendix A of this Final EA. The BLM-managed lands that would be affected by the Proposed Action are located in following Township (T) and Range (R) sections:
T. 11 N., R. 21 E.
Sec. 1, SW¼, SW¼SE¼;
Sec. 3, Lot 4, SW¼NW¼, W½SW¼, SE¼SW¼, SW¼SE¼.
Sec. 4, Lots 21-24, S½NW¼, NE¼SW¼, SE¼;
Sec. 9, NE¼NE¼;
Sec. 10, NW¼NE¼, N½NW¼;
Sec. 12, NW¼NE¼, N½NW¼.
T. 12 N., R 21 E.
Sec. 26, SE¼SW¼, S½SE¼;
Sec. 34, W½SW¼, SE¼SW¼;
Sec. 35, E½, N½NW¼, SW¼NW¼, N½SW¼, SW¼SW¼;
Sec. 36, NW¼NW¼, S½NW¼, SW¼, SW¼SE¼.
The Proposed Action would not apply to private lands within the burn area.
On February 10, 2012 the Carson City District Manager signed the Federal Register notice for this restriction and closure, and on May 1, 2012 the notice was published in the Federal Register (see Documents).
The order is in effect until August 1, 2014.