Ely, Nev. – Weather conditions permitting, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is scheduled to continue a 3,900-acre prescribed burn in Pleasant Valley, about 80 miles northeast of Ely as early as Wednesday, May 14. Smoke from the fire will be visible to residents of Pleasant Valley, Nev., and Ibapah, Gandy, and Partoun, Utah, and there will be an increase in fire vehicle traffic. The burn will target approximately 750 acres of the total 3,900-acre project. Since 2010, the BLM has completed 2,100 acres of the project.
The Pleasant Valley Prescribed Burn is part of the larger Kern Mountains Landscape Restoration Project that combines prescribed fire with mechanical treatments to improve watershed health and native habitat, which benefits area wildlife such as elk, mule deer and sage grouse. The project also reduces the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. The project is being implemented in accordance with the BLM Ely District Resource Management Plan.
For more information, contact Rob Frisk, BLM Ely District prescribed fire and fuels specialist, at (775) 289-1908 or Cody Coombs, fuels program manager, at (775) 289-1854.
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