Fire a real threat with warming weather

The increasing temperatures, minimal humidity and strong winds are quickly drying out vegetation in Nevada, turning this year's record crop of cheatgrass and brush into a fire waiting to happen, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

With that in mind, Sierra Front fire protection agencies are reminding motorists and off-highway vehicles riders to stay on existing roads in the wildland areas.

"Hot catalytic converters and exhaust pipes can set off rapidly spreading grass fires," said Timothy Rochelle with the Nevada Division of Forestry.

"Also, be sure not to park your RVs on dry grass because this too can start fires," said Franklin Pemberton, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest spokesman. "The potential for another devastating fire during the summer is very real."

Rapid response is key to effective fire suppression, said Rochelle, so people are encouraged to call 911 to report any fire or behavior that could result in a wildfire.

Homeowners are also reminded, in light of the anniversary of last year's devastating Waterfall fire, to ensure they have adequate defensible space.

For information contact BLM at 885-6000, the Forest Service at 882-2766 or NDF at 849-2500.


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