Dangerous Fire Conditions for Hunters
As Nevada enters the fall hunting and fishing seasons, the state is well into its third severe fire year and extreme caution should be taken to prevent wildfires. More than 500,000 acres have burned in Nevada, and a couple of months still remain in the fire season.

After a long, hot summer there is plenty of dry fuel just waiting for an ignition source. According to BLM Fire Information officer Melissa Petersen, later in the fire season the incidence of lightning-caused fires diminishes and those caused by man increase.

While sportsmen can't do anything about natural fire starters such as lightning, responsible hunters and anglers can take extra precautions while in the field to lessen fire danger.

Most of these precautions are common sense. However, many fire restrictions are now being mandated while on public lands in many areas of Nevada. Most of the restrictions are common to all public lands. For information. check with the appropriate managing agency, including U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and state lands.

The following restrictions are currently in place in many areas:
No campfires outside of established campgrounds.
• No smoking outside of any vehicles or buildings.
• No off-road travel, vehicles are to use established roads.
• Each vehicle is to be equipped with a shovel, axe, bucket and water.
• No use of fireworks or other incendiary devices.
• No welding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
• No use of explosives, except by permit.

Petersen also says there are other things outdoor enthusiasts can do while in the field to help prevent wildfires. Make sure that all vehicles and equipment being operated are well maintained. Ensure that spark arrestors are in place and in good working order. Periodically stop and remove brush from the skid plate on all-terrain vehicles. Many people do not realize that catalytic converters can get quite hot and can ignite dried grasses, so beware when driving grassy roaded areas or rangelands. While in camp if you do make a fire, keep it small in an approved fire pit and always have someone to tend it. When leaving camp, make sure the campfire is out cold. Pour water over the ashes and stir with a shovel. Repeat as necessary until you can place your hand over the fire and keep it there. Keep matches and lighters away from children, and teach them they are not toys.

These precautions will help ensure everyone's safety and protect our lands. All it takes is one mistake and Nevada gets burned.

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