NPS to Conduct Prescribed Burn Near Boulder Beach at Lake Mead

Published by The Bee News

March 22, 2023

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The 2023 Fish Hatchery Prescribed Burn unit in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Depending on weather conditions, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is planning a prescribed burn adjacent to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Lake Mead Fish Hatchery. Ignitions are planned to start on March 28, take 1 to 2 days to complete, and treat approximately 20 acres.  

 Located along Lakeshore Road, west of Lake Mead, this project will reduce hazardous vegetation (fuel) build-up near NDOW’s facilities and reduce invasive species to improve habitat and biodiversity along the wash between the fish hatchery and the lake.  

 “By removing dead and highly adapted invasive plants, like tamarisk, this prescribed burn will reduce the competition for native plants to thrive,” said Jeremie Gamiao, Assistant Fire Management Officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  

 There are no closures associated with this prescribed burn. Travelers on Lakeshore Road and the initial stretch of Northshore Road may see smoke, active fire, and firefighters during these burns, and are asked to drive slowly and follow all firefighter instructions.  Additionally, visitors and campers within the Las Vegas Wash, Boulder Beach, Government Wash areas, and residents or visitors of Lake Las Vegas may see smoke as well. Planes or helicopters flying in the area should expect to see smoke as well. Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal and short-lived. The public can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting 


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