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Release Date: 06/15/12
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2012-21

Recreating Public Urged to be Fire Aware

Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management urges the public to be aware and cautious when engaging in outdoor activities, especially when camping or cutting firewood.
“Eastern Nevada is extremely dry and the wildfires this season are exhibiting abnormal behavior,” Tye Petersen, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District fire management officer, said Friday.  The BLM is a member of the Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire Management team.  Other members are Lincoln and White Pine counties, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service.

Petersen offered a few suggestions for fire-safe outdoor recreation.

Drive only on existing roads and trails.  Stop periodically and check beneath your vehicle for brush and grass that can ignite and spread a wildfire, and unload and load your All-Terrain Vehicle in an open or cleared area.

Use approved campgrounds and keep campfires small and the surrounding area clear of brush and debris.  Keep water and a shovel within easy reach and remember to drown the campfire and stir the ashes and check for heat.

To learn more, go to or call BLM Ely District Fire Management Officer Tye Petersen at (775) 289-1800.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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