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Elko District Office
Release Date: 09/05/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-066

Northeastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management Team lifts fire restrictions

ELKO, Nev. – Beginning at 12 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, fire restrictions will be lifted on lands administered by Jarbidge, Mountain City, and Ruby Mountains Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; all BLM public lands in Northeastern Nevada; Nevada Division of Forestry Protection Districts in Northeastern Nevada; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs administered lands.

The termination of restrictions was made due to recent high amounts of precipitation and lower temperatures.

“The Interagency team greatly appreciates the public’s cooperation in helping to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires this summer,” said Mike Ford, Northeast Nevada Interagency Fire Management Officer.

“Even though we have a significant amount of moisture and we are lifting restrictions, we’re asking the public to be very careful when using fire. There is still a potential for moisture levels to drop and Northeastern Nevada is still experiencing a drought, Ford said.”

The Interagency Team encourages residents and visitors to the area to be extremely careful and exercise the following precautions when using fire on public lands.

There should always be a 10-foot circle cleared around a campfire. A shovel and plenty of water should also be readily available to extinguish a fire.

Campers and day users should also ensure any fire is completely extinguished and not able to reignite spontaneously before leaving.

Smokers are encouraged to completely extinguish their cigarettes or cigars when they are through smoking and to dispose of them properly.

In addition, motor vehicles should not be parked where the exhaust system could cause grass or other vegetation to ignite.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 09-05-2013