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Carson City District
Release Date: 07/01/14
Contacts: 775-995-6107    
News Release No. CCDO 2014-038

No Fireworks Allowed on BLM Managed Public Lands

Carson City, Nev. – Even though it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands. Illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense. If an individual’s pyrotechnic activities cause a fire, property damage or bodily injury, they could also be financially responsible for damage or suppression costs. The laws also provide for seizure and forfeiture of all such materials from individuals by law enforcement.

On June 30, fire restrictions went into effect on public lands managed by BLM in western Nevada.

Fire Restrictions Prohibit:
1.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit). 
2.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
3.  Operating vehicles or other motorized equipment off of existing paved, gravel or dirt roads.
4.  Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
5.  Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
6.  Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.
7.  Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.

So far this year, there have been nine fires which burned approximately 204 acres on lands managed by the Carson City District.

The potential for devastating fires during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Sierra Front Interagency Fire Dispatch Center, Minden, Nevada, 775-883-5995, or dial 911.

For more information contact Lisa Ross at 775-885-6107.

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.

Carson City District   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89701  

Last updated: 07-01-2014