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Campfires to be allowed in campgrounds beginning Friday

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Cedar Fire south of Elko

A column of thick smoke rises from the Cedar Fire on July 20, 2020 about 24 hours after it was started by lightning. This view is from Lipparelli Lane in Spring Creek.

RENO – Fire restrictions are being loosened Friday to allow campfires in designated campground areas within Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Nevada Division of Forestry jointly announced the change, noting that Nevada has experienced an active 2020 wildfire season with 709 fires burning 249,700 acres.

The majority of those fires were human-caused.

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“Even though the statewide fire restrictions are being reduced, fire managers want to emphasize that the potential for large and rapid-growing fires is still present,” said the announcement. “Therefore, residents and visitors must remain vigilant and continue to recreate responsibly to prevent wildfires.”

The restrictions on public lands still include:

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue or stove fire (except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel) outside an established fireplace in a picnic area, campground, improved camp site or places of habitation. The area must be clear of burnable vegetation for 6 feet, attended at all times, and extinguished when not attended.

  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • Using, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
  • Discharging, using or allowing the use of fireworks, tracer rounds, explosive targets, or any other incendiary device.

“Please obey all fire restrictions,” stated the agencies. “Members of the public are cautioned that failure to comply with these restrictions may result in criminal and/or civil penalties including fines or imprisonment. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held liable for the cost of suppression.”

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