Nevada puts in early fire restrictions
Open burning in the East Fork Fire Protection District has been suspended in part as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday afternoon, East Fork firefighters responded to a controlled agricultural burn that got loose and scorched an acre.
The month opened with a supposedly extinguished burn being fanned by high winds into a fire that claimed an outbuilding near the Fay Luther Trailhead.
Between calls for actual fires and those from neighbors reporting legitimate burns, East Fork determined that the time had come to stop burning until fall.
State and federal land management agencies are followed suit, enacting coordinated Nevada-wide fire restrictions.
“Given the unprecedented and challenging circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis, and in accordance with Governor Sisolak’s Stay Home For Nevada initiative, the Nevada Division of Forestry, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are mandating early fire restrictions throughout Nevada effective April 15 until further notice,” officials said.
Fire restrictions and prevention orders prohibit the following on BLM land:
Campfires – Campfires, charcoal and stove fires are only allowed within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 6 feet in all directions. It is preferred to utilize agency approved fire structures or rock rings.
Smoking – Smoking is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 3 feet in all directions.
This year, Nevada has already experienced 27 wildfires burning more than 170 acres, all caused by human activities that could have been prevented. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, enacting early fire restrictions is necessary to ease the strain on Nevada’s first responders.
Nevadans are encouraged to enjoy the Silver State’s diverse wildlands and outdoor spaces by following social distancing guidelines, recreating close to home, and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people. A shovel, fire extinguisher or at least 5 gallons of water should be available in the event of an unintentional fire start.
For more information contact the BLM-State Headquarters at 775-885-6000; or the Nevada Division of Forestry at 775-684-2709.