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BLM urges awareness of wildfire dangers
by Tribune Staff
Jul 25, 2011 | 492 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District is reminding the community to be aware of the increased chance of wildfire due to drier conditions, hotter temperatures and a high amount of fuels.

These conditions have increased the potential for large and destructive fires. To date, 18 human-caused wildfires have burned 7,587 acres within the Winnemucca BLM District.

“We encourage everyone using public lands to be careful in regards to human-caused fires and take appropriate steps to prevent them,” said Donovan Walker, acting fire management officer. “The last two summers have been milder fire seasons than in past years and the public needs to be aware of the current conditions which have increased the risk for fires.”

While the Winnemucca District has not implemented fire restrictions at this time, the following precautions should be taken to ensure safety:

• 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.

• Dispose of cigarettes in proper containers away from any flammable material.

• If off-road vehicle use is allowed, internal combustion equipment should have a spark arrester. Always use extreme caution when driving though dry vegetation.

• Never use stoves, lanterns or heaters inside a tent.

• Store flammable liquid containers in a safe place.

• At the first sign of a wildfire, leave the area immediately by established trails or roads. Contact Central Nevada Interagency Dispatch Center at 775-623-3444.

For more information, contact the Winnemucca BLM office at 775-623-1500 or visit www.blm.gov/nv.

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