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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nevada: BLM, USFS lift campfire restrictions Friday

 The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service announce that fire restrictions in place since June 18 will be lifted on Friday.

But officials from both agencies note fire risks remain high and point to last year's Caughlin and Washoe Drive fires.
"Decreasing daily sunlight, increasing fuel moisture levels, and cooler evening temperatures are allowing us to lift fire restrictions," they said in a joint press release. "However, the potential threat for wildfires remains high until we receive significant moisture this fall. We encourage the public to continue enjoying their federal, state, and private lands responsibly by being very careful with any fire.”
People who set campfires are reminded to extinguish them, and campfires are considered out when you can put your hand into the ashes.

Campfires still require a campfire permit on the Carson and Bridgeport ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. 

Remember Leaving campfires unattended is a misdemeanor.

For more information, call the BLM-Carson City Field Office at 885-6000, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 882-2766 in Carson city or 760-932-7070 in Bridgeport; or the Nevada Division of Forestry at 684-2500.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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