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Bridgeport Ranger District begins pile burning

Staff Reports

To restore sage grouse habitat, improve timber stand health, and reduce forest fuels, the Bridgeport Ranger District will begin pile burning in the areas of China Camp, 15 miles northeast of Bridgeport in Mineral County and Mill Canyon, five miles south of Walker, on the west side of Highway 395.

Burning at both the China Camp and the Mill Canyon project areas will occur until Dec. 16, weather and fuel conditions permitting.

“Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large fire,” said Annamaria Echeverria, District Fuels Specialist.

Weather conditions are being monitored to identify suitable timeframes for effective pile burning conditions and to minimize smoke impacts to communities. Prescribed fire notices have been posted near project areas and at public gathering locations regarding these upcoming projects.

Visitors and residents can expect to see and smell smoke when the burns are occurring: but this will only be short-term. Any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that would minimize impacts of smoke on communities.

All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan and conform to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s air quality standards.

Learn more about this release by contacting Annamaria Echeverria, Bridgeport District Fuels Specialist, at (760) 932-7070.