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Workers bale hay at Ranch No. 1 in Genoa on Friday morning.Ranchers across the Valley have been taking advantage of warm dry weather to bring in the hay crop.
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Fire restrictions include

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.

3. Operating vehicles or other motorized equipment off of existing paved, gravel or dirt roads.

4. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.

5. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.

6. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.

7. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.

The hottest temperatures this season are due this week as the mercury climbs toward the century mark.

While the highs this week will be short of records set in the 1920s and ’30s, they will be hot in comparison with the last month when high temperatures hovered in the 80s.

Highs are forecast to enter the 90s today and then climb to 97 by Tuesday. Another cool-down is expected on Thursday, bringing the high temperature down to 90.

The high temperature in Reno on Tuesday is expected to hit 102.

Temperatures inside a vehicle can be up to 34 degrees hotter than the outside temperature after just 30 minutes, according to a San Francisco State University report. That increase could pose a hazard to children or pets left in a vehicle for even short amounts of time.

Fire restrictions in Western Nevada take affect on Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Nevada Division of Forestry land on Monday.

“Vegetation in Western Nevada and eastern California is significantly drier for this time of year,” BLM Carson District Spokeswoman Lisa Ross said. “Below average moisture this past winter and spring and warmer than average temperatures has led to the increased rate of drying the vegetation.”

Ross said that a large crop of grass and brush is growing in the lower elevations.

“The public is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property and public land resources,” she said.

The U.S. Forest Service has already implemented restrictions.