The Bureau of Land Management announced on Wednesday May 12 that they were implementing fire restrictions for Southern Nevada due to increased fire danger. Representatives of the Southern Nevada BLM and fire suppression team from the Logandale station were available on Thursday for a question and answer session. “Our coverage area runs from Apex in the South to Beaver Dam in the North,” said Vanessa Marquez fire investigator for the BLM South District. “We are on call 24 hours a day,” said station Captain Brad Milan. “We are trained for fire suppression on bare land not structural or vehicle fires. Our job is to suppress the fire before it hits urban structures. The causes of wildfires, is split evenly between man-made and natural happenings. Our equipment is state of the art from GPS to mapping technologies. We carry approximately 95 lbs. of fire fighting equipment in our backpack to hit more remote areas. Our vehicle holds 800 gallons of water and 25 gallons of foam. If needed BLM helicopters will drop us in,” added Captain Milan.
The fire restrictions prohibit:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, except a potable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle.
- Welding or using an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
- Using, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
- Using fireworks or firing a tracer.
- Operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrestor.
The only exception to the restrictions are open campfires in developed recreational sites (such as a campground where a host is present or a fee is charged)
Other exception information can be obtained through the BLM at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en.html