State board OKs $3.9M for Nevada fire costs
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The state Board of Examiners has approved $3.9 million in contingency funds to cover expenses from a busy Nevada fire season and projected costs through the end of the fiscal year.
State Forester Pete Anderson told the board Tuesday that fires this year have burned 666,000 acres in Nevada, roughly 1,000 square miles.
A lackluster winter followed by this year's hot, dry summer left vegetation across Nevada's vast rangelands tinder dry and extremely vulnerable to fire.
Anderson says some expenses for fighting fires on federally-owned land may be reimbursed by the federal government.