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NEPA Project Summary 
NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2013-0078-DNA Status:  Completed
Project Name:  Crescent Dunes Fire – Emergency Stabilization/Burned Area Rehabilitation Project Decision Date:  12/18/2013
Applicant:  BLM    
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Project Description:
The Crescent Dunes Fire was ignited by lightning on 7/01/2013 and contained on 7/04/2013. The Crescent Dunes Fire occurred west of Sand Pass and immediately south of the Slumbering Hills. The fire burned a cumulative total of 36,372 acres, with 19,462 acres of BLM managed lands burned, and 16,903 acres of private lands burned. 100% of the fire area was classified as pronghorn habitat, with 7210 acres of pronghorn summer range and 12,259 acres of pronghorn winter range consumed on BLM lands. 7672 acres of burned BLM lands are classified as mule deer year-round habitat. The fire also consumed 2612 acres of Sage Grouse winter range within the Slumbering Hills Population Management Unit (PMU). The fire area is comprised primarily of 3 different ecological sites. Approximately 50% of the burned area occurred in ecological site R024XY058NV, which is typified by sandy-loam soils, 8-10" of annual precipitation. The vegetation community for this ecological site, in reference condition, is typically dominated by Wyoming big sagebrush, needle-and-thread, and Indian ricegrass. Approximately 25% of the fire occurred in ecological site R024XY017NV, which is a sandy-soiled site which receives an average of 8-10" of precipitation annually. Dominate plant species at this site, in reference condition, would typically include Wyoming big sagebrush, needle-and-thread, and Indian ricegrass. Approximately 25% of the fire occurred in R027XY009NV, which is typified by sandy soils and 5-8" of annual precipitation. This site, in reference condition, is typically dominated by 4-wing saltbush and Indian ricegrass. The Crescent Dunes Fire burned area has been largely affected by fires in the past. Approximately 70% of the area was burned in 1985, with the majority of that area burned again by the Slumbering Fire in 1999. Approximately 25% of the Crescent Dunes Fire area was burned in 2006 by the North Blue Fire. Select drainages were aerially seeded in the fall of 1999 as part of the Slumbering Fire ESR activities. The Majority of the Crescent Dunes Fire burned within the Sand Dunes grazing allotment, with minor impacts to the Daveytown and Mormon Dan grazing allotments.
Project Location:
T. 38 N., R. 35 E., sec. 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,12,14,16,22,24,26,28,30,32,34,36 T. 38 N., R. 35 E., sec. 1,3,4,7,8,9,10,12,14,16,22,24,26,28,36 T. 38 N., R. 36 E., sec. 8,30,32,33 T. 37 N., R. 36 E., sec. 6
Project Lead:  Eric S Baxter    
Phone Number:  (775) 623-1500    
Email Address:  ebaxter@blm.gov    
Office(s):  Humboldt River FO Lead Office:  Humboldt River FO
Program(s):  Wildland Fire Management Subprogram(s):  None
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Document Name Publication Date  
DNA Documents 12/18/2013  
Dear Interested Party Letter 12/18/2013  

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