BLM to retreat fuels projects along Sierra Front

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Updated: 5/16/2014 6:24 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is gearing up to reduce vegetation that fuels wildfires near residential areas.

The agency on Thursday announced it will conduct maintenance treatment on previously constructed fuel breaks on BLM managed lands along the Sierra Front.

Areas include Silver Knolls, Lemmon Valley and Hungry Valley north of Reno; New Washoe; Moundhouse; and foothill regions in Carson City.

Crews will mechanically mow the fuel breaks to reduce potential fire intensity.

The BLM says large shrubs that were not cut down during original treatment projects will not be mowed this time either.

Work is scheduled from late May through June.

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