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Fire Restrictions Implemented in Western Nevada for Summer 2023

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, July 31, 2023 11:30 am

NEVADA – Western Nevada has fire restrictions to prevent wildfires as summer heat rises. Due to drying vegetation, rising temperatures, and the possibility of human-caused fires, the Carson City District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Nevada Division of Forestry have taken this measure.

Recreation on state and federal areas should be done with extreme caution until further notice due to the restrictions. Fires should be reported to 911 immediately.

Stage 1 fire regulations prohibit open fires, campfires, and stoves outside of developed paid campgrounds or picnic places, save for portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. Smoking is permitted only in enclosed cars, buildings, developed recreation places, or barren regions at least 3 feet in diameter.

Welding, metal grinding, and open-flame acetylene torch use are also prohibited. Individuals with formal permits and federal, state, or local officers or rescue forces executing official duties are exempt.

Land users in wildland areas should carry an axe, shovel, one gallon of water, and a cell phone to report wildfires.

The authorities warn that violators may face penalties, jail, and liability for resource damage, suppression costs, and injury. Target shooting safety includes utilizing quality steel targets, avoiding hot and windy situations, and cleaning up afterward.

The limits affect places, roads, and trails in the BLM-Carson City District, the BIA’s Pine Nut Allotments, Reclamation’s Newlands Project boundaries, and USFWS’s Stillwater, Anaho Island, and Fallon National Wildlife Refuges.

Local officials might further restrict activities in Western State Parks and leisure areas based on conditions and “Red Flag” warnings.

Fire restrictions protect the environment and communities against wildfires during this dry and hot summer. To avoid fires and protect public safety, authorities advise outdoor activities.

Credits: This Is Reno

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