Agencies ask hunters to be aware of fire danger

Each year off-road vehicles and other equipment generate sparks and start numerous fires. People who use equipment on or near dry grass and brush are encouraged to take a few simple precautions to prevent wildfires.

Fire prevention specialists would like to remind hunters and other recreationists about the current fire conditions.

Check fire conditions before you operate equipment - find out the fire danger. Don't park cars, trucks or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation. The exhaust system on a vehicle can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees.

Comply with all fire restrictions on public lands. Use an approved spark arrester on all internal-combustion powered equipment.

Due to extreme fire danger, the following fire-use restrictions are in effect for the Austin, Jarbidge, Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Santa Rosa and Tonopah ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; and all Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry Protection Districts, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands in northeastern Nevada.

• Campfires, wood stoves or briquette fires are not allowed, except in developed recreation sites.

• Fireworks are prohibited.

• Liquefied and bottle gas stoves and heaters may be used.

• No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material for three feet in every direction.

For information, call 885-6000, 882-2766 or 887-2210.


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