Many Northern Nevada fire restrictions end Saturday

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Nevada Division of Forestry in conjunction with Nevada State Parks have announced the lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since June 30, 2017.

Restrictions will expire at 12:01 a.m., Saturday morning, September 23, 2017.

According to agency Fire Management Officers, decreasing daily sunlight, increasing fuel moisture levels, and cooler evening temperatures are responsible for lifting fire restrictions. However, the potential threat for wildfires remains, so they encourage the public to "continue enjoying their federal, state, and private lands responsibly by being very careful with any fire.:

Recreationists are reminded to be fire-safe with all outdoor activities, including ensuring that campfires are dead out. Leaving campfires unattended is a class B misdemeanor. Other reminders:

1. The use of incendiary or tracer rounds while recreational shooting is prohibited at all times.
2. Target shooting – the use of steel-core ammunition can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.
3. Riding motorcycles/ATVs without a spark arrester and careless smoking can all cause unwanted wildland fires.
4. The use of propane stoves versus campfires and charcoal grill fires is still preferred in dry conditions.
5. Firewood cutters must have a chainsaw with a functioning, approved spark arrester screen on the exhaust.
6. Open burning on private land still requires a permit from local fire departments.