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Prescribed fire planned next week at Ash Meadows

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning a prescribed burn the week of Feb. 29 on the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

A large pile of vegetative debris will be burned to remove a potential wildfire fuel source and clean up the area.

The pile consists of debris left from the thinning of vegetation and other fuel-reduction projects. The burn will be conducted by Service fire personnel in an area southeast of Point of Rocks. The exact timing of the fire depends on weather conditions; however, the service does not expect the burn to impact air quality or public access to the wildlife refuge. Specific questions about the planned prescribed burn should be directed to Ross Wise at (702) 556-9695.

The Ash Meadows NWR, located approximately 30 miles northwest of Pahrump was established in 1984 under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. It covers nearly 24,000 acres of spring-fed wetlands and desert uplands that provide habitat for at least 26 plant and animal species that occur nowhere else in the world. The west entrance to the wildlife refuge is on State Route 373, and the south entrance is on Bell Vista Road.

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