Knowing fire risk in Northern Nev. |

Knowing fire risk in Northern Nev.

Staff report

The public is asked to assist fire crews this summer in taking precautions to minimize fire risk. As a reminder, fireworks are illegal on public land. Some precautions to take include the following:

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?