DATE: June 29, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-45
JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND FIRE DANGER REQUIRES CAUTION
Near record vegetation growth and the current weather pattern of wind and lightning have
resulted in a High Fire Danger rating for the 4th of July holiday weekend in Northeastern Nevada.
“Where we normally measure cheatgrass and annual vegetation fuels in the hundreds of
pounds per acre, this year we’re measuring them in tons per acre,” said Elko Interagency Dispatch Manager Bill Roach. “Because of the wet spring and heavy snowfall we have an unusually heavy amount of fuel built up for this season.”
“Wildfires in this heavy fuel build up could result in erratic fire behavior. Suppression
could be more difficult, especially if we have numerous fire ignitions. We definitely need the public’s help and cooperation with fire safety. We’re hoping to avoid fire restrictions and fire closures this year,” Roach added.
“We’re asking folks to use common sense this fire season. If you have a campfire, clear the vegetation away from the fire and keep a bucket of water and shovel handy. Better yet, stay in a designated camping area or use a grill or gas stove. Most importantly for this weekend, fireworks are forbidden on public lands, as well as in cities and in Elko County. Attend and enjoy community-sponsored fireworks displays … don’t put on your own,” concluded Roach.
Jeff Arnberger, BLM Elko Assistant Fire Management Officer, said, “We’d also like to
remind people about the dangers of vehicle fires while driving through high vegetation. Keep the under-carriages of vehicles cleaned out, especially under skid plates. If you’re recreating in the back country, keep a shovel and water in your rig, and report any wildfire you see. To report a wildfire, call 775-738-FIRE.”
“Defensible space around homes and outbuildings in rural areas is especially important this summer. Advice and assistance are available through local fire departments or the Nevada Division of Forestry,” Arnberger added. “Have a safe, fire-free 4th of July.”