U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Immediate Release Date: May 19, 2005
Fire Restrictions Now in Effect
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Las Vegas, Nevada …. The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service issued a fire restriction notice in Southern Nevada effective Thursday, May 19, 2005, due to the high potential for wildland fire in the lower elevations. “The significant amount of precipitation this last winter and early spring contributed to the extraordinary amount of grasses in the lower elevations,” stated Troy Phelps, BLM Assistant Fire Management Officer. “Conditions are such that any new fire ignition can develop into a catastrophic wildland fire. People are encouraged to enjoy their public lands but to do so responsibility.”
The fire restrictions prohibit:
Affected areas include all areas, roads, and trails on BLM Las Vegas Field Office managed lands, Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The only exceptions are open campfires in hosted developed-recreation sites (such as a
The U.S. Forest Service, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and Nevada Division of Forestry are not issuing further fire restriction notices at this time, due to winter storms that created an unusual amount of snow fall in the mountains. However, calendar restrictions are still in effect. Calendar restrictions prohibit campfires within one mile of homes in Kyle and Lee Canyons, Deer Creek, Cold Creek, Mountain Springs, and Trout Canyon.
Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than one year (punishment varies slightly by agency.) Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs, and any injuries that occur if found liable for causing a wildfire.
The public is urged to contact the local Forest Service office at (702) 515-5400, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (702) 515-5450, National Park Service at (702) 293-8990, the local BLM office at (702) 515-5000 or the Nevada Division of Forestry at
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