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Fire restrictions expire

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The first precipitation of fall has resulted in the lifting of fire restrictions on state and federal lands on Saturday.

The Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Nevada Division of Forestry in conjunction with Nevada State Parks announce the lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since June 26. Restrictions expired at 12:01 a.m., Saturday.

Campfires still require a permit on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Also, Carson Ranger District will end "Hoot Owl" firewood cutting restrictions for all of its woodcutting areas.

"Decreasing daily sunlight, increasing fuel moisture levels, and cooler evening temperatures are allowing us to lift fire restrictions," note the agency Fire Management Officers. "However, the potential threat for wildfires remains, so we encourage the public to continue enjoying their federal, state and private lands responsibly by being very careful with any fire."

That includes another week to enjoy Indian Creek Reservoir, which will close for the season on Monday.

The Alpine County campground will be closed throughout the winter, with a scheduled reopening around May 6, 2016.

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The east side of Indian Creek Reservoir will still be available for access off the entry road maintained by Alpine County.

Recreationists are reminded to be fire safe with all their outdoor activities, including insuring that campfires are dead out. Leaving campfires unattended is a class B misdemeanor. Other important reminders for all outdoor enthusiasts include the following:

1. Exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting is prohibited at all times.

2. Target shooting – use of tracer rounds and steel-core ammunition can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.

3. Riding motorcycles/ATVs without a spark arrester and careless smoking can all cause unwanted wildland fires.

4. The use of propane stoves versus campfires and charcoal grill fires is still preferred in these dry conditions.

5. Fireworks are always illegal to possess and use on all federal and Nevada’s state and private lands. On some tribal land some exceptions may apply.

6. Firewood cutters must have a chainsaw with a functioning, approved spark arrester screen on the exhaust.

7. Open burning on private land still requires a permit from local fire departments.

For more information, contact the BLM-Carson City Field Office at 885-6000; the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 882-2766 in Carson, and at 760-932-7070 in Bridgeport; the NDF at 684-2500, the BIA at 775-887-3500, and the USFWS at 775-423-5128.