The BLM Humboldt River Field Office fuels program proposes to extend the existing length of highway disking fuelbreaks along State Routes 140 and 95 and provide maintenance of these fuelbreaks. The highway disking fuelbreaks are the most effective fuelbreaks in the Winnemucca District. In 2012, five fires were prevented from spreading outside of the highway right-of-way and several others were used for anchor points by suppression resources. Fuelbreaks would be created by mowing and/or disking a strip of ground 16-20 feet in width. These fuelbreaks would be maintained by disking and/or herbicide application.
Fuelbreak extensions would be established in the fall or winter, outside of the migratory bird breeding season. Fuelbreaks would generally be maintained in the spring or early summer of each year but could occur during any season.
The fuelbreaks would be implemented on State Route 140: west/south side of highway for 13.5 miles from Quinn River Maintenance Station (MM: 51.5) to Ninemile road (MM: 38), then both sides of the highway from MM 36.5 to Coyote Point Road (MM: 27) for 9.7 miles. State Route 95: from the Humboldt County landfill road (MM: 4) to the Sand Pass Road (MM: 11). The total length would be less than 7 miles, a few sections with sand dunes would be bypassed. All fuelbreaks would occur within the existing highway right-of-ways.