One acre Mary Jane fire affecting campers, hikers

The one acre Mary Jane Fire continues to burn in the wilderness on the north slope above Big Falls. The fire is on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, outside of Las Vegas.

The fire was first reported on Tuesday morning, Nov. 21.

“The fire remains at about an acre. It is burning in dead and downed wood and its spread is limited by rocky terrain,” said Donn Christiansen, Area Manager. “Firefighters will continue to place line around the fire and we anticipate full containment by the end of the day.”

The Mary Jane Trail remains open.

Hikers and nearby communities can expect to see smoke for the next two-three days as firefighters continue to monitor the fire to ensure that it is completely out. Year-round fire restrictions are in place across the National Recreation Area. No campfires are allowed within one mile of homes in Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyons, Cold Creek, Mountain Springs, Trout Canyon, Lovell Canyon, and Coal Springs.

“The Spring Mountains have not received a lot of precipitation yet this winter,” added Christiansen. "Even though it is winter, there is still a risk of human-caused wildfires.”

Forest users are reminded to be fire safe with all their outdoor activities, including ensuring that campfires are completely out.

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