Land managers lift fire restrictions in western Nevada

RENO (AP) - Public land managers have lifted fire restrictions in western Nevada, but stress that doesn't mean fire danger has been snuffed out for the season.

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and increasing moisture allowed officials with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry on Friday to lift campfire, smoking and other fire restrictions along the Sierra front.

Still, it appears the region has ducked a fiery bullet for the second summer in a row, fire officials said.

"I'd say we've been very lucky, and it wasn't just us," said Rex McKnight, fire management officer for the BLM.

As of Friday, only 32,680 acres had burned in Nevada during the 2009 wildfire season, McKnight said.

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