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Proposed wildfire fuel breaks plan released for 3 states

Authorities have released plans to stop devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada with one option creating 1,500 miles of fuel breaks up to 400 feet wide along existing roads.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a draft environmental impact statement for the Tri-State Fuel Breaks Project and is taking public comments through the end of November.

The BLM says creating fuel breaks by clearing vegetation will help firefighters stop wildfires and protect key habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife on land also used by ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The BLM says options include fewer miles of fuel breaks all the way down to no fuel breaks at all.

The region in recent decades has seen repeated giant rangeland wildfires.

The BLM will accept comments through November 25, 2019.

Comments will be used to prepare a Final EIS and Record of Decision for the project and can be emailed to blm_id_tristate@blm.gov, faxed to 208-384-3489 or sent via mail to 3948 South Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705, Attn: Tri-state Team Lead.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be made publicly available at any time.

AP Only 2019

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