Interagency Fire Management reminds public of Fire Season Severity

BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE:  June 15, 2012
CONTACT:  Lesli Ellis (775) 753-0386, or


ELKO, Nev. – The Elko District Interagency Fire Management Team would like to remind the community of the extreme dry weather conditions prevalent in Northeastern Nevada.

“Due to the very dry winter we experienced, the conditions in Elko County and throughout Northeastern Nevada are extremely dry and more susceptible to fires than recent years,” said Dylan Rader, Acting Fire Management Officer for Elko Interagency Fire.

The Nevada Division of Forestry in conjunction with the Northeast Area and the Eureka County Fire Protection Districts closed all controlled burning as of May 23.  This includes yard trimmings, limbs and brush piles in the unincorporated areas of Elko and Eureka Counties.   

“The Nevada Division of Forestry will be monitoring conditions and further restrictions may be implemented during the summer months throughout the county,” said Tim Woolever, Northern Region Fire Management Officer, Nevada Division of Forestry.  “New permit numbers will be required when the fall moisture returns.”

The public is asked to assist fire crews this summer in taking precautions to minimize fire risk. Some precautions to take include:

  • Never leave a campfire unattended and always make sure they are dead out. Extinguish all campfires completely and stir ashes to make sure no hot coals remain.
  • When using a campfire, dig a pit and use a fire ring.
  • Dispose of cigarettes in proper containers away from any flammable material. Do not throw cigarettes out of moving vehicles.
  • If off-road vehicle use is allowed, internal combustion equipment should have a spark arrester. Avoid driving though dry vegetation.
  • Never use stoves, lanterns or heaters inside a tent.
  • Store flammable liquid containers in a safe place.
  • Do not shoot any tracer bullets or incendiary ammunition.
  • Shoot only at cardboard or paper targets, manufactured metallic targets or manufactured
    thrown-type clay targets.
  • Remember, shots fired across open desert can travel more than a mile.
  • At the first sign of a wildfire, leave area immediately by established trails or roads. Contact Elko Interagency Dispatch Center at 775-748-4000, or 911.

The BLM would like to thank the public to date for diligently reporting smoke and fires. When reporting fires, please follow these guidelines to ensure quick access and assessment of the situation:

  • Provide a landmark, or mile marker if on a paved thoroughfare.
  • Compass Direction of the smoke from your position.
  • How high is the smoke, what color is it?
  • Are flames visible?

The Interagency Fire Management team wants to remind everyone that wildfire survival takes a community. For further information on how you can assist, visit

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