Fire Restrictions Begin May 30 For Western Nevada

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CARSON CITY, NV - Exceptionally dry vegetation west of Highway 395, lingering drought conditions, increasing daytime temperatures and some human-caused fires have caused officials to implement fire restrictions beginning Friday, May 30, 2014.

Fire Restrictions Prohibit:
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).

Affected Areas:
Forest Service – all areas, roads, and trails within the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, with the exception of using campfires within the approved fire pits or grills provided in open Fee Recreation sites.

Affected Areas:
BLM -all public land areas, roads, and trails located west of Highway 395 within and administered by the BLM-Nevada Carson City District Office, with the exception of Indian Creek Campground, where there are designated fire pits and campfires are permitted.

All public land areas, roads, and trails located east of Highway 395 within and administered by the BLM-Nevada Carson City District Office are not affected by fire restrictions at this time.

BIA - Approximately 300 allotments encompassing 59,310 acres in Douglas County, Nevada, within the Carson Watershed that the U.S. Government (BIA) holds in trust for hundreds of individual Indian landowners, collectively known as the Pine Nut Allotments.

NDF - all areas, roads, and trails west of Highway 395.
Citizens are reminded that the charcoal grills cannot be used during fire restrictions. Charcoal burns longer and hotter than wood and may appear to be cold; however, embers can linger for hours. Winds can spread the embers from charcoal and campfires into vegetation, igniting a wildfire. Propane or white gas stoves, however, are acceptable for use during fire restrictions.

The public is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands; remember that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property, and public land resources every summer.

The potential for another devastating fire during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Interagency Dispatch Center, Minden, Nevada, 775-883-5995, or dial 9-1-1.