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Spanish Springs brush fire under investigation
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne -- A Washoe County Sheriff's Department helicopter drops water relief Wednesday afternoon in the foothill west of Spanish Springs High School. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the BLM.
Tribune photo by John Byrne -- A Washoe County Sheriff's Department helicopter drops water relief Wednesday afternoon in the foothill west of Spanish Springs High School. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the BLM.
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SPARKS -- The Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating a brush fire that occurred in the Spanish Springs valley Wednesday evening, damaging about five acres of land.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection personnel were on scene first and were able to extinguish the fire around 6 p.m. Wednesday, but the BLM is currently investigating to discover how and where the fire began.

Public Affairs officer Chris Rose said Thursday afternoon there were no leads as to how the fire started or where it began in the valley. He added that citizens should take caution in brush-laden areas throughout the region because of the innate dry weather and hot conditions.

“There are several things people need to be cautious and aware of during the dry summer season,” Rose said. “You definitely don’t want to have any types of open flames out there. You should always use caution when doing any burning or using a charcoal grill and use water to put them out.

“It’s also worth noting that fireworks are banned on federal land. And with target shooting, people need to understand that sparks and ricochets can ignite a brush fire very quickly.”

Rose said fire restrictions are being put in place Friday until further notice for the following areas:

- BLM – all areas, roads and trails on the BLM-Carson City District outside of developed recreation sites with the exception of Sand Mountain Recreation Area, and the portion of the Walker Lake Recreation Area within 100 yards of Walker Lake, or between Walker Lake and U.S. Highway 95 where camp fires are permitted.

- United States Forest Service – all areas, roads and trails within the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest with the exception of using campfires within the approved fire pits or grills provided in open Fee Recreation sites.

- Nevada Division of Forestry – all areas, roads and trails on State lands, including the following state parks: Lake Tahoe Nevada, Washoe Lake, Berlin-Ichthyosaur, Rye Patch State Recreation Area, the Carson River Ranches portion of Ft. Churchill, and Dayton in western Nevada.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – all areas, roads and trails within the boundaries of the Stillwater, Anaho Island and Fallon National Wildlife Refuges. Campfires are prohibited on these refuge lands year-round.

- Bureau of Indian Affairs  – Approximately 300 allotments encompassing 59,310 acres in Douglas County, Nevada, within the Carson Watershed that the U.S. Government (BIA) holds in trust for hundreds of individual Indian landowners, collectively known as the Pine Nut Allotments.

The fire restrictions include the following:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.

3. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.

4. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.

5. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.

6. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.

7. Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).
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