The prolonged drought and recent hot weather have prompted land managers to impose fire restrictions across central Nevada, effective Tuesday.
The prohibitions apply to the Humboldt and Pershing county fire protection districts and land administered by the BLM Winnemucca and Battle Mountain field offices.
The area included portions of Lander, Nye and Esmeralda Counties and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands outside of developed recreation sites.
The restrictions forbid any fires except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed recreation site or campground.
Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
Welding, explosives or fireworks also are banned.
People visiting public lands are encouraged to carry an ax, shovel, one to five gallons of water and a fire extinguisher.
Fire restrictions also are in effect in the Nevada Division of Forestry's Sierra Fire Protection District, the BLM Carson City Field Office, the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry's Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District, the BLM Las Vegas Field Office, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.