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Public Meeting in Susanville on Proposal to Build Fuel Breaks on Public Land

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management will share information and accept written comments about a proposal to construct a system of fuel breaks to enhance the ability of wildland firefighters to control rangeland wildfires, at a public meeting this Wednesday, July 10th, from 5:00 to 7:00p.m., at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2550 Riverside Drive in Susanville.

The BLM on June 21st released a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin for a 45-day public comment period.

This draft Programmatic EIS analyzes a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.

Large, unbroken swaths of grasses, brush and other vegetation have provided a continuous supply of fuel for recent catastrophic rangeland wildfires in the Great Basin states.

The concept behind fuel breaks is to break up or fragment continuous fuels by reducing vegetation in key locations. When a wildfire burns into a fuel break, the flame lengths decrease and its progress slows, making it safer and easier for firefighters to control. The fuel breaks would be strategically placed along roads and rights-of-way on BLM-administered lands.

The BLM is seeking public input to ensure that all aspects of developing a system of fuel breaks are analyzed. An electronic copy of the Draft Programmatic EIS and associated documents is available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register at https://go.usa.gov/xnQcG.

For comments to be considered, they must be received by the BLM no later than midnight MST on August 5, 2019. Additional information and a complete public meeting schedule is available at https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-analyzes-11000-miles-fuel-breaks-great-basin-combat-wildfires.

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