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Release Date: 07/23/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2013-57

Black Fire Update

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Size:  4,400 acres    
Percent Contained:  N/A
Resources:  5 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 2 engines, 1 dozer and 1 water tender
Total Personnel:  150

Residents of Baker, Nev., and Garrison, Utah, will continue to see smoke from the approximately 4,400-acre Black Fire, burning within the Bureau of Land Management’s Highland Ridge Wilderness and Great Basin National Park.  The fire poses no threat to human life or property.  Firefighters are protecting highly-valued cultural and natural resources.

The BLM Ely District is managing the lightning-ignited fire in accordance with the Ely District Managed Natural and Prescribed Fire Plan, which identifies areas where allowing wildland fire to resume its natural role in the ecosystem would benefit resources.  The plan increases native vegetative diversity and improves wildlife habitat.  It also increases public and firefighter safety, and reduces the threat of catastrophic wildfire.

Assisting the BLM is the Forest Service, Great Basin National Park and Unaweep Wildland Fire Module (WFM), of Grand Junction, Colo.  The Unaweep WFM is a 7-person crew that supports national interagency programs with the use of fire, including prescribed fire and wildfire, and hazardous fuels reduction and other projects.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842 or

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.

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