Central and Northwestern Nevada Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Announced for Public and State Lands

Battle Mountain DO
Winnemucca DO
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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – On June 29, 2024, the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service are implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions in northwestern and central Nevada due to High Fire Danger. 

 Interagency fire restrictions prohibit:

  • 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).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or when stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared; of all flammable material.
  • Welding, metal grinding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame (except by permit).
  • Using any explosive (except by permit).
  • Using fireworks or firing a tracer round.
  • Operating or parking a vehicle or other motorized equipment over or on top of dried/cured vegetation.
  • Using any combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order. Spark arresters must meet U.S Department of Agriculture-Forest Service Standard 5100-1a.

Agency specific exceptions and additional restrictions are also in place:

Bureau of Land Management 

  • Steel core ammunition and explosive targets are prohibited as they are known fire starters. Smoking is allowed in an enclosed vehicle only.

USDA Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

  • Campfires are only allowed within the approved fire pits or grills provided in developed recreation sites. A developed recreation site has Forest Service signage that designates it as an agency-owned campground or day use area and is identified on a Forest Service map as a site developed for that purpose. 
  • Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. is prohibited during fire restrictions.
  • Outdoor smoking is only authorized while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.
  • To find out what additional fire restrictions are in place on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, visit https://bit.ly/HTNFFireRestrictions or www.nevadafireinfo.org. For answers to frequently asked questions about fire restrictions, visit https://bit.ly/FireRerstrictionsFAQs

Nevada State Parks

  • Park staff may or may not allow campfires on a day-to-day basis based on current local weather conditions. During Red Flag Warning issuances or other weather events, park staff may post signage stating that campfires are not allowed.

For more information on agency specific fire restrictions, please visit: https://www.nevadafireinfo.org/restrictions-and-closures

The public is urged to contact the respective agencies for more information or questions on restrictions:

  • Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office at (775) 623-1500
  • Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain District Office at (775) 635-4000
  • USDA Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Santa Rosa Ranger District Office at (775) 621-5025
  • Nevada Division of Forestry at (775) 684-2500