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Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday
Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

 

The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit:

  • building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK)
  • welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames (except by permit)
  • using any explosive (except by permit)
  • using fireworks or firing a tracer
  • operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor

Agency specific exceptions and additional restrictions are also in place:

  • Bureau of Land Management – steel jacket ammunition and explosive targets prohibited as they are known fire starters.  Smoking is allowed in an enclosed vehicle only.
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area  - wood or charcoal fires allowed in grills of developed picnic areas; wood or charcoal burning devices allowed on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline; barbecue grills allowed on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave; rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement; all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.  Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet.  Cigarettes must be discarded in a car ashtray or an ashtray in a developed area.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - campfires allowed in fire rings at Desert Pass Campground on Desert National Wildlife Refuge; grills in day use area of Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge may be used.
  • U.S. Forest Service - campfires allowed in developed recreation sites; private property owners allowed approved cooking or heating devices in Mt. Charleston Area.  Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least 3 feet.

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