Fire Restrictions Effective Through Western Nevada

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- With temperatures on the rise, dry vegetation and a busy camping weekend ahead of us, several local agencies have put fire restrictions in effect throughout western Nevada.

"It's perfect. It's out in the wilderness. It's just far enough away from everything to stay away from everybody else," said Ben Hight, a camper at Davis Creek Park.

For fourth of July weekend, camping is the most popular activity. Hight and his family have been camping at Davis Creek Park for more than 20 years.

"Just come out and have fun, that's all it is out here--just having fun with your family and just having a great time.

However, when the climate is this dry, there are a few things that could spoil your fun. Campers have more to worry about this year.

"No campfires outside a designated spot in a campground, no going off roads, no smoking outside a vehicle in a wild land area and no fireworks," said Scott Rasmussen of the Nevada Division of Forestry.

It may seem like common sense, but these fire restrictions are an extra reminder of how to stay accountable in the outdoors.

"Be careful of the weather conditions. They are very dry, there's not much water and there's no fuel moisture in the fuel and as everyone knows there's a big drought," he added.

So, if you're going to build a campfire, you might want to keep it small and contained.

"You never know if the wind will pick up and you're not paying attention," said Hal Callan, a camper at Davis Creek Park.

"We always cover it with water and top it off with sand. we always keep it muddy after we're done," said Hight.

"If you think it's going to cause a fire or it might cause a fire, it probably will start a fire," said Rasmussen.