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Fire Restrictions Implemented for Western Nevada

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It’s no secret that our area has not seen a lot of moisture in recent year.

In fact, it’s the third year of consecutive drought, and as a result, the Nevada Division of Forestry, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S Forest Service, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs are putting up fire restrictions a full month ahead of normal.

“The open campfires and the charcoal holds a lot of heat for a long time,” said Peter Armstrong, State Forester Firewarden.

Nevada fire restrictions for areas west of Highway 395 include:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit). 

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.

3. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.

4. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.

5. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.

6. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.

7. Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).

Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both,

Armstrong stresses that implementing these restrictions earlier is not to scare people.

 “They (people) can enjoy the outdoors,” he said. “We just want people to be cognizant of the fire danger, the fuel conditions, and to act responsibly when out there.”

Written By Landon Miller 
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