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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 05/23/12
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

Southern Nevada Fire Restrictions Announced

Contact list (alphabetical by agency)
Bureau of Land Management – Kirsten Cannon (702) 515-5057
National Park Service – Kevin Turner (702) 293-8712
Nevada Division of Forestry – Mark Blankensop (702) 486-5123
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Dan Balduini  (702) 515-5480
U.S. Forest Service – Ray Johnson (702) 498-1630                                     

Las Vegas - Today the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing Southern Nevada fire restrictions due to the increased potential for wildland fires.    

“We want the public to be extra careful as they enjoy their public lands this summer,” said Chris Glode, Bureau of Land Management Acting Fire Management Officer. 

The fire restrictions prohibit:
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel;
  • smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle;
  • welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit;
  • using, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit;
  • using fireworks or firing a tracer
  • operating an off road vehicle without a spark arrestor

The only exceptions to the restrictions are open campfires in developed recreation sites (such as a campground where a host is present or fee is charged); private propertyowners using an approved cooking or heating device in Mt. Charleston area;people with a permit specifically authorizing an otherwise prohibited act; and/or any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area will allow wood or charcoal fires in grills of developed picnic areas; campfires with wood or charcoal burning devices on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline; barbecue grills on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave; rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement; all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will only allow campfires in the fire rings at the Desert Pass Campground on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, visitors to the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge may use fire for cooking in the grills at the day use area.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is prohibiting the use of steel jacket ammunition and explosive targets as they are known fire starters. The BLM is also prohibiting campfires and/or charcoal barbecues in the Red Rock Hosted Campground and any established picnic areas. 

Southern Nevada has an abundance of invasive weeds that fuel wildland fire. “Following fire restrictions and developing defensible space on private property will help reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildland fire season,” said Dennis Darling, U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer. 

In 2012, Southern Nevada wildland firefighters responded to 162 wildland fires which burned 5,726 acres.

“The potential for wildland fires in Southern Nevada has recently increased due to higher temperatures that are drying vegetation,” said Mark Blankensop, Nevada Division of Forestry Regional Manager.

“Mojave Desert lands burned by wildland fire are more vulnerable to new fires because they become overgrown with invasive annual grasses,” said Tim Rash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Officer. 

“These restrictions should be taken seriously,” said Aaron Baldwin, National Park Service Fire Management Officer. “Violations can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail as well as the costs associated with resource damage, suppression costs, and injuries if found guilty.”  

The public is urged to contact the local U.S. Forest Service office at (702) 515-5400, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (702) 515-5450, National Park Service at (702) 293-8990, Bureau of Land Management at (702) 515-5000 or Nevada Division of Forestry at (702) 486-5123 if they have any questions or need clarification on the restrictions.

Last updated: 04-14-2015