CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office has issued a temporary vehicle use restriction and temporary closure to wood harvesting and tree cutting on BLM-managed land in the Ray May Fire burn area on the west side of the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville in Douglas County. The order will be in effect until Aug. 1, 2014.
Over the next several years, the BLM will implement post-fire rehabilitation and stabilization measures that will encourage re-growth of annual and perennial plants. The restriction and closure is needed to prevent soil erosion, which is likely to occur from cross-country vehicle use and removal of downed wood stabilization structures. Vehicle use in the area will be limited to posted roads and two-track trails that will remain open during this period.
This action was analyzed in the Ray May Fire Emergency Action Temporary Closures Environmental Assessment. The restriction and closure will improve post-fire recovery and rehabilitation of the Ray May Fire burn area as outlined in the 2011 Post-Fire Recovery Plan, Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation Plan for Ray May Fire.
On Aug. 16, the Ray May Fire was started by an escaped campfire in an undeveloped portion of public land. The fire was declared out on Aug. 29 after burning approximately 4,180 acres of private and BLM-managed land. This temporary restriction and closure applies to the approximately 2,267 acres of public land within the burn area.
The decision, supporting documents and maps of the closure area can be viewed online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa/nepa_archives.html. Maps of the closure area are available at the Carson City District Office.
For more information, contact Ryan Elliott, fire planner, at email@example.com or by phone at 885-6167.