BLM Issues Fire Prohibitions for Federal Lands near Gilmore Trail

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June 8, 2016 – The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has issued a Fire Prevention Order, effective at 12:01 a.m. today, prohibiting campfires, explosives and fireworks on federal lands in a fire-prone area of black spruce off Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks.

In recent years, firefighters and law enforcement personnel have found numerous unattended bonfires in the area, leading to concerns that an escaped fire could threaten local residences as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility on Gilmore Creek. The continued need for the Fire Prevention Order will be revisited at the end of the fire season.

The BLM is also evaluating more long-term options for reducing wildfire hazards by selectively removing vegetation and/or modifying the supplemental rules that specify allowable activities on the area’s federal lands. This summer the BLM intends to hold a community meeting to solicit public input on the issue.

For more information on the Fire Prevention Order, contact BLM fire management officer Tom St. Clair at 474-2226.

Click here to read FirePreventionOrder or for a copy of the map NOAA_fire_closure_08JUN2016.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

 

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