BLM: No change in fire restrictions for S. Nevada

Region hasn't had measurable rain in 6 months

Mitch Kelly
October 20, 2020 - 7:49 am
Wildfire Smoke Obscured Desert Landscape in Denio Junction, NV

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) -  – While conditions allowed statewide fire restrictions to change across the rest of the state, hot, dry weather remain in Southern Nevada and fire restrictions remains in place on public lands managed by Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Clark County, Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The last measurable precipitation on public lands in Southern Nevada was on April 20, 2020,” said Tyler Hecht, Acting Fire Management Officer for the Southern Nevada District. “This reduction of the current statewide interagency fire restrictions allowing campfires in designated campground within Nevada does not change the prohibition of campfires on BLM managed lands within the Southern Nevada District boundaries.”

Interagency fire restrictions in Southern Nevada continue to prohibit:

 - building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK providing it has an on/off switch)

 - welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames (except by permit)

 - using any explosive (except by permit)

 - using fireworks or firing a tracer

 - operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor

Agency specific exceptions and additional restrictions are also in place:

Bureau of Land Management – steel core ammunition and explosive targets prohibited as they are known fire starters.  Smoking is allowed in an enclosed vehicle only.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area - wood or charcoal fires allowed in grills of developed picnic areas and campgrounds where a host is present; wood or charcoal burning devices allowed on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline; barbecue grills allowed on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave; rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement; all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.  Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet.  Cigarettes must be discarded in a car ashtray or an ashtray in a developed area.

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - fires are never permitted within monument.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – On Desert National Wildlife Refuge no campfires are allowed while restrictions are in place, including at Desert Pass campgrounds. On Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, visitors may use the grills and metal fire rings provided.

Additional information on fire restrictions can be found here.