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State and federal land management agencies announce early fire restrictions statewide

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:45:19-04

Given the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with Gov. Sisolak’s Stay Home For Nevada initiative, the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service – Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will be mandating early fire restrictions throughout Nevada.

This year’s fire restrictions will be in effect beginning Wednesday, April 15, and will continue until further notice.

Fire restrictions prohibit the following:

- Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire or stove fire except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.

- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building.

BLM will issue a Statewide Fire Prevention Order restricting fire use on all BLM administered lands to:

- Campfires - Campfires, charcoal and stove fires are only allowed within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 6 feet in all directions. It is preferred to utilize agency approved fire structures or rock rings.

- Smoking is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 3 feet in all directions.

The BLM also recommends a shovel, fire extinguisher and/or at least 5 gallons of water be on hand in the event of an unintentional fire start.

Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine and/or imprisonment (agency statutes vary). Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

Nevadans are still encouraged to enjoy Nevada’s wildlands and outdoor spaces – safely and responsibly – by following strict social distancing guidelines, recreating close to home, and not congregating in groups of nine or more people.

For more information or clarification on the restrictions, please contact the BLM Nevada State Office at 775-861-6400; the NDF at 775-684-2709.