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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 06/28/13
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057  

No Fireworks Allowed on BLM Managed Public Lands

Las Vegas –While fireworks are available in Nye County and safe and sane fireworks go on sale in Clark County June 28, fire restrictions remain in place in Southern Nevada.

These restrictions include the restriction of possession and use of all fireworks (including safe and sane) on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed public land in Southern Nevada.

On May 11, fire restrictions went into effect on public lands managed by BLM:

  • no camp fires, charcoal or wood barbeques, even in established picnic areas. Propane and gas barbeque are acceptable.
  • no use of fireworks of any kind are allowed on public lands
  • no steel jacket ammunition or explosive targets
  • no smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle
  • no welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit
  • no use of any explosive, except by permit 

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.

So far this year, 26 human caused fires have been caused on BLM managed public lands.

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.

Last updated: 04-20-2015