Sparks, NV., Aug. 28, 2019 – Fire officials on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest would like to remind the public of the high fire danger headed into the holiday weekend. Human-caused wildfires are still a major concern and the public should be to be extremely cautious while enjoying their Labor Day on public lands, in addition to having heightened situational awareness during the current red flag conditions. Red flag warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when warm temperatures, low humidity, and stronger winds are expected to produce an increased risk of fire danger, which are in effect for the Reno area and portions of Nevada and California today.
“We urge recreationists to remain vigilant during this hot and dry weekend,” said Jennifer Diamond, Fire Prevention Officer. “Carelessness is the biggest cause of wildfires, so it is everyone’s responsibility to practice fire safety.”
The following Ranger Districts are currently in Stage I Fire Restrictions:
- Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
- Mountain-City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District
Stage I Fire Restrictions include:
- All campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are only allowed in designated campgrounds/areas. Portable cooking stoves utilizing liquefied or bottled fuel sources continue to be allowed on public lands.
- Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, building, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is void of all flammable material, including vegetation.
- Use caution when operating or parking vehicles in close proximity to vegetation.
- No welding equipment may be used, including acetylene or open flame torches, except by permit.
- Fireworks, exploding targets, and incendiary or tracer ammo are always prohibited on public lands.
Forest users are also encouraged to always check with any Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ranger District or the Forest’s website for up-to-date fire restrictions and follow these campfire safety tips:
- Always abide by state and federal campfire restrictions.
- Only adults should build and maintain campfires.
- Never leave a campfire unattended. To extinguish it, keep a pail of water or shovel close by at all times.
- Use existing fire-rings where it is safe to do so.
- Clear vegetation and debris down to bare soil within 10 feet around campfire.
- Use wood no bigger than the fire ring.
- Keep tents and other burnable materials away from the fire.
- Be certain your campfire is completely out before you go to bed or leave the area. Pour water on the fire and douse the site thoroughly. Stir the campfire until there are no embers and the ashes are cold to the touch. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
Fire managers would also like to remind people that fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all public lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. The use or possession of fireworks on federal land is subject to confiscation and fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held liable.
Under current fire conditions, forest users should be aware that recreational shooting could cause a fire. “Don’t shoot on hot, dry, windy days. Always shoot into an area clear of rocks and vegetation. Remember to have water, a shovel, and fire extinguisher ready just in case,” said Diamond.
For more detailed information on fire restrictions on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, visit:
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