USA – CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Bureau of Land Management says it is using around 1200 sheep to reduce grasses to lower the risk of wildfires at the southern portion of Winters Ranch in Washoe Valley.
BLM said it began the project Monday and it is expected to be four to five weeks until fuel reduction objectives are reached.
Dog owners are asked to have their dogs on leashes and avoid the southern portion of the ranch.
The Winters Ranch project is one of the multiple projects BLM is working on for fire protection.
Crews are preparing to do maintenance treatment on preconstructed fuelbreaks designed to enhance public and firefighter safety and reduce the risk of wildfire damage to residents, according to BLM.
The treatment areas include Silver Knolls, Lemmon Valley and New Washoe in Washoe County, North Carson, Deer Run and Mexican Dam in Carson City, Virginia Highlands in Storey County, and Sunrise Pass Road in Douglas County.
Treatment involves mowing, chipping and scattering brush to break up areas where fires could quickly spread.