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August 28, 2014
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Labor Day closures, restrictions

Labor Day weekend ushers out the summer fun and welcomes the slow ascent into the autumn season.

With Monday being the official holiday, federal state and local government offices will be closed as will schools and Western Nevada College classes. The city will still have regular garbage pickup on Monday.

Naval Air Station Fallon will be on its holiday schedule.

Most financial institutions will also be closed, but patrons should check with their respective banks or credit unions.

Beginning on Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nevada Division of Forestry are lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since May 30.

Churchill and Lyon counties will be affected by the decision to lift the ban.

Campfires still require a campfire permit on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Also, Carson Ranger District will end “Hoot Owl” firewood cutting restrictions for all of its woodcutting areas.

“Decreasing daily sunlight, increasing fuel moisture levels, and cooler evening temperatures are allowing us to lift fire restrictions,” said fire officials.

“However, the potential threat for wildfires remains, so we encourage the public to continue enjoying their federal, state, and private lands responsibly by being very careful with any fire.”

Fire officials also warn the fire season is not over.

“Due to the amount of moisture received this summer there has been a renewed growing season,” said Shane McDonald, Interagency Fire Management Officer. “We ask that as the new crop of grass begins to dry, the land users will be mindful of the potential increased risk of wildfire.”

Recreationists are reminded to be fire safe with all their outdoor activities, ensuring campfires are dead out. Leaving campfires unattended is a class B misdemeanor.


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The Nevada Appeal Updated Aug 28, 2014 05:23PM Published Aug 28, 2014 05:23PM Copyright 2014 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.