Depending on weather conditions, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is planning to burn piles of previously cut vegetation as part of a hazardous fuel reduction measure in two different locations the week of January 16, 2023 in the western Lake Mead area.
The first project, located in the old Hemenway Campground, will complete approximately 7-acres of piles accumulated from hazardous fuels projects from the Boulder Beach Area. This project will be visible to travelers on Lakeshore Road, Boulder City, Lake Las Vegas, residents and visitors at Lake Mead RV Village, Alan Bible Visitor Center, Boulder Beach Campground, and surrounding areas near Boulder Beach. It is planned to start on January 17 and be completed in one day.
The second project, Rogers Spring, is located just off Northshore Road three miles west of Stewart’s Point and about 9 miles north of Echo Bay. The Rogers Spring Project will treat approximately 3-acres of dried vegetation piles remaining from a habitat restoration project by the park’s Resources Management team. By burning them in place, the park is reducing the risk from unwanted human caused fires in this unique habitat area and allowing the nutrients to naturally cycle back into the ecosystem.
The Rogers Spring Parking Area will be closed from 6:00 a.m. January 18, 2023, through 5:00 pm January 19, 2023 as a safety measure for visitors. Additionally, smoke may be visible to travelers on Northshore Road and visitors to the northern section of the park.
Visitors may see smoke, active fire, and firefighters during these burns, and are asked to drive slowly and follow all firefighter instructions. Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal and short-lived. The public can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting fire.airnow.govPHOTO CAPTION:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area firefighters utilize special tools and training to efficiently remove dead plants to reduce the risk of unwanted fire at Rogers Spring.