Due to increasingly high temperatures drying vegetation, the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District implemented fire restrictions beginning May 9, 2020.
According to Federal and State land management officials, this year Nevada is facing an elevated risk of a severe and potentially catastrophic wildfire season due to drought conditions, dense, dry vegetation and other factors. Given the critical threat of wildfires statewide, the Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will jointly implement updated 2020 Nevada-wide fire restrictions effective Saturday, May 30, 2020 until further notice. The fire restrictions will jointly mandated and enforced by each agency in coordination with city and county governments and wildfire agencies.
Fire restrictions within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area prohibit:
- building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK providing it has an on/off switch)
- welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames (except by permit)
- using any explosive (except by permit)
- using fireworks or firing a tracer
- operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor
- steel core ammunition and explosive targets as they are known fire starters
- smoking is allowed in an enclosed vehicle only
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.
Already in 2020, Nevada has experienced 98 wildfires; 96 of which were caused by human activities that could have been prevented. As the summer season gets underway and we spend more time in Nevada’s great outdoors, please remember that our public lands belong to all of us and we all share the responsibility of protecting one another and our precious natural resources. Nevadans are encouraged to enjoy the Silver State’s diverse wildlands and outdoor places safely and responsibly to preserve them for all to enjoy for centuries to come. Nevada’s firefighters and first responders thank you for using extra precaution during these trying times.
For more information or clarification on the restrictions, please contact the BLM State Headquarters at 775-885-6000. More details on state and federal fire restriction in Nevada, please visit nevadafireinfo.org.
If you see or accidentally start a wildland fire, please call 911 or 702-293-8999.