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Human-caused fire starts are increasing in Southern Nevada

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 18:19:55-04

Public lands in Southern Nevada have seen a recent increase in the size and number of human-caused wildfires.

Due to dry conditions on public lands, BLM Southern Nevada District entered into fire restrictions on May 9, almost a week sooner than ever before due to wildland fires growing at rates not usually seen this time of year.

Statewide interagency fire restrictions went into effect on June 6.

To reinforce this message, a fire prevention team came to Southern Nevada in May and distributed information in 67 businesses and locations.

In addition, roadway reader boards have been placed in areas that have seen increased wildland fires.

About 97% of fires have been human caused so far this year. Higher than normal precipitation has accelerated the grass growth and invasive species persist in the open spaces not normally occupied by vegetation, as a result Southern Nevada is experiencing a more active than normal fire season.

Human causes, such as target shooting, OHV off-road use and abandoned and escaped campfire are responsible for the majority of wildfires in the Southern Nevada public lands area.

Violations can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail as well as the costs associated with resource damage, suppression costs, and injuries if found guilty.

If you see or accidentally start a wildland fire, please call 911 or 702-293-8999.