DATE: October 26, 2006
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-05
MUDD FIRE REHAB UNDERWAY
Public lands north of Elko which burned in the Mudd Fire last August are being restored under an Emergency Stabilization project currently underway.
Thousands of feet of straw erosion blankets along with 10 tons of loose straw mulch are being placed in the Kittridge Canyon drainage this week about three miles north of Elko.
“The purpose of erosion blanket matting and mulch is to decrease erosion and any gully forming which deposits sediment downstream,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Hydrologist Mark Dean. “Excessive sediment in residential areas can lead to culverts failing and increase the chance of property damage.”
“We treat the areas with highest potential for erosion first,” continued Dean. “Crews spread a specially formulated watershed stabilization seed mix and then lay the blanket on top of it. The erosion blankets are composed of straw mulch sandwiched between plastic netting. Our next step will be aerial seeding.”
The Mudd Fire started August 23, 2006 as a result of sparks from the stack on a semi-truck traveling on the Mountain City Highway just north of Elko. The fire spread rapidly north of Elko and forced evacuations of homes in the Kittridge Canyon and White Rock Road area. A Type II Fire Management Team commanded by Mike Whalen was in Elko on other fires and assumed temporary management responsibility for containing the incident. A Type I Fire Management Team commanded by Rowdy Muir took over management for the fire and contained it. The fire was declared contained on August 26, 2006 and burned nearly 13,500 acres.
“We’ve got a huge workload in front of us as a result of this past summer’s fires,” said BLM Elko Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Manager Tom Warren. “Rehabbing public lands affected by fires totaling nearly 1 million acres is a challenge and we’re doing it one step at a time. Rehabilitation and restoration efforts are going on now all over northeastern Nevada.”