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March 14, 2017

Rangeland in Oregon, Idaho to get wildfire fuel breaks

  • Work starting this spring involves seeding, mowing, chemical treatments and grazing in specific areas to reduce vegetation.
    Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — A plan to create a fuel break system along 271 miles of roads in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon to limit the size of destructive rangeland wildfires and protect habitat for sage grouse has been approved, federal authorities announced.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a decision released Wednesday says the fuel breaks will be along existing roads on BLM-managed land in and around a 2015 rangeland wildfire that scorched about 436 square miles.

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