Fuels reduction continuing on East Carson Range

Fuels reduction continuing on East Carson Range

CARSON CITY, Nev.–The Nevada Division of Forestry and Division of State Parks are continuing fuels reduction work in northwest Carson City. Work consisting primarily of brush removal and thinning smaller diameter trees started as a result of the 2004 Waterfall Fire. Approximately 34 acres have been treated since work began in 2005.

“In 2007, the Division of State Parks and the Division of Forestry worked together to complete a 10-year fuels management plan to address the threat of wildfires starting in or moving through Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park,” said David Morrow, Division of State Parks’ administrator.

The plan identifies priority treatment areas and is now part of a multi-agency strategy to link fuels management efforts in the Tahoe Basin and the east side of the Carson Range into a cohesive, well defined network of fuel breaks.

“The reduced fuel loading will assist with fighting any future fires and will reduce damage from future fires by helping to the keep fire on the ground and not become crown fires, higher in tree tops,” said John Copeland, fire protection officer with the Nevada Division of Forestry. “Work on the project is scheduled to continue in June when conditions allow access to the site.”

This work is being funded by multiple sources, including a $150,000 appropriation from Nevada Legislature, Division of Forestry State Fire Assistance grants and a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program grant from the Division of Emergency Management.

Vehicle traffic may be heavy at times within the park as a result of fuels reduction efforts and on-going improvements to the Marlette Water System that are scheduled for this summer. Visitors will likely experience temporary road closures during the weekdays. All efforts will be made to minimize recreation impacts and closures on weekends.

For information, please contact John Copeland at 775-849-2500 or Peter Maholland at 775-684-2740.

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