Weather conditions permitting, the Bureau of Land Management Elko District is planning a 51-acre prescribed fire on public land on the west portion of Spruce Mountain starting Dec. 1.
This objective is to reduce hand-piled debris from thinning operations designed to improve wildlife habitat and remove hazardous fuels. The project is located approximately 36 miles south of Wells, and three miles east of U.S. Highway 93.
Burning operations are scheduled for multiple days between Dec. 1 and Apr. 7, when burning windows are appropriate.
“The burn is planned in an area where trees have been thinned to improve mule deer winter habitat and reduce fuel loading which leads to less intense fires in the treated areas and provides firefighters a higher probability of containing future wildfires,” said Tyson Gripp, Elko District Fuels Manager.