State on way to record-setting fire season |

State on way to record-setting fire season

Staff Reports
A screen shot of theBureau of Land Management's Nevada Wildfire Information map showing all the current wildfires in Nevada as of Wednesday.
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Nevada is on track for a record-setting fire season, according to state and federal fire officials.

The average number of acres burned is approximately 500,000 and Nevada has already burned more than 850,000 acres this summer with a month or more to go in a typical fire season. The record year for acreage burned was 2005 when Nevada burned over 1.5 million acres.

“A very wet winter across central and northern Nevada has produced an increase of cheatgrass and other fuels,” officials said. “Recent large fires in these areas have displayed extreme fire behavior and a high resistance to control. Very hot and dry conditions over the last few weeks have caused both live and dead fuel moistures to decrease to critical levels. Each new fire start has the potential to grow large and is requiring a substantial amount of resources to suppress.”

The interagency Nevada wildfire awareness team is bringing the “One Less Spark One Less Wildfire” message to the communities of Northern Nevada.

The team will travel to several locations along the I-80 corridor over the next 10 days to facilitate awareness and education in fire prevention.

“Most human caused wildfires are preventable,” officials said. “Proper maintenance and use of outdoor equipment and vehicles can help prevent sparks that can cause a wildfire. It’s not too late to create defensible space around your home but you must act before there’s smoke in the air.”

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