plays an important role in the management of refuge habitats; the key is to
assess the amount of fuels and moisture, along with a close eye on the weather
patterns to determine when the best time is to achieve an effective, controlled
burn. Prescribed fire is an important tool in managing habitat conditions to
benefit the multitude of wildlife that utilize the refuge. Prescribed fire is
also used to reduce hazardous levels of vegetation which pose a wildfire risk
to refuge facilities and neighboring communities.
Each year, a number of
prescribed fires are planned to help reduce hazardous vegetation levels,
protect wildland-urban interface communities, and enhance wetland marsh habitat
areas. Implementing the prescribed fires in the winter avoids potential impacts
to nesting birds and other breeding animals and burns better while vegetation
is dead or dormant.
The USFWS employs a fire management team in each Region
across the country. Many refuge-based fire teams assist other state, Federal,
Tribal and local fire departments in wildland fire suppression efforts if
The Nevada Fire Management Officer for USFWS is Tim Rash (firstname.lastname@example.org), based at the
Stillwater NWR Complex office in Fallon NV. Contact: 775/423-5128
For current fire information within Nevada, please click this link: http://www.inciweb.org/state/29/0/
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