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Nevada Division of Forestry

Kingsbury Grade reopened, firefighters make significant progress on wildfire

UPDATE 10PM: Kingsbury Grade has re-opened. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the wildfire is around around 4.5 acres.

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UPDATE: 6:40: Fire crews and aircraft have halted the forward advancement of a wildland fire Wednesday night off Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and local fire districts, including East Fork, Tahoe Douglas, Lake Valley, and South Lake Tahoe responded to the Kingsbury Fire.

Carson City Fire official: One fire touched off during the fireworks show

UPDATE: Carson City Battalion Chief John Arneson says there was one fire only near the fireworks area with firefighters coming from multiple locations to fight it. He said firefighters attacked the fire from three locations, extinguishing it within 20 to 30 minutes after it started.

Fire restrictions begin Friday in Western Nevada

Fire restrictions will begin Friday on public land throughout western Nevada, eastern California and the Sierra, according to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Below-average precipitation this winter and spring and a third consecutive year of drought have led to abnormally low soil-and-fuel moistures, increasing the potential for large and potentially devastating wildfires, the agencies announced.

Forest Service identifies 10 priority areas in Nevada to reduce wildfire risk

The Clear Creek watershed that runs through Carson City and Douglas County and Franktown watershed at Washoe Lake are two of 10 areas within the Nevada's national forests to be picked as priority projects designed to combat damage from insects and disease that weakens forests and increases the risk of wildfire, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday.

Responding to a provision in the new Farm Bill, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval had asked Tidwell to designate the watersheds and eight other areas for forest health projects.

Homeowners urged to ‘Junk The Junipers’ on May 10 to prepare for wildfire

The Nevada Division of Forestry is hosting “Junk The Junipers,” 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 10, at its Eastlake Office. Residents of local communities are encouraged to bring their junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush and other woody vegetation to be chipped for free. Participants will receive a coupon from Moana Nursery for 30 percent off a “good plant choice,” Moana-grown replacement shrub.

Prescribed fires to resume Monday throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin

Smoke may be visible west of Carson City beginning Monday as the U.S. Forest Service continues prescribed fire operations in numerous locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Prescribed burning may continue through the week and possibly the weekend if weather, staffing and conditions allow, according to the Forest Service. Fire operations are scheduled to take place at Spooner Summit and in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe.

Prescribed burns planned for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry through spring

Prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry will be held March through May weather permitting, according to the Nevada Division of Forestry.

The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns. Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted.

Money available for volunteer fire department equipment and training

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) is seeking applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program. About $500,000 from the US Forest Service State and Private Forestry program will be available for rural (local and volunteer) fire departments statewide. The purpose of this funding is to improve rural fire departments’ readiness for and response to wildfires, especially those in the wildland urban interface.

Planting season ends Saturday at Division of Forestry nursery

Looking for a selection of fall plants before winter kicks in? Saturday is your last chance for trees and plants offered through the Nevada Division of Forestry State Tree Nursery north of Carson City in Washoe Valley.

The nursery will be open for one last day, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. before it closes for the season. A great selection of conservation plants is available for fall planting. Fall is an optimum time for planting as warm soils encourage root growth before the ground freezes. The nursery is located at 885 Eastlake Boulevard.

Public asked to report sightings of non-native white satin moths

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Forestry would like help determining how widespread and severe the White Satin Moth, Leucoma salicis, infestation is in northern Nevada. The non-native insect is capable of defoliating aspen, cottonwoods and willows.

In flight now, the White Satin Moth can be found flying in the upper canopy of any poplar species and laying eggs or mating on trunks, leaves or branches.

Invasive moth species damages Spooner area trees

The Nevada Division of Forestry wants you to be on the lookout for a certain type of moth that's considered to be an invasive species.

Officials say they're watching an outbreak of the white Satin Moth. They say the insect damages and kills entire trees, by consuming the leaves.

South Carson lightning strike fire

South Carson lightning strike fire

Photo submitted by David Riske of the fire burning southeast of Carson City on BLM land. The fire is said to have burned about 50 to 70 acres as of around 9 p.m.

Carson City firefighters and crews from the Nevada Division of Forestry and the BLM are on the fire.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

Carson City fire restrictions in place

With a heat wave developing throughout the region, the Carson City Fire Department has now implemented fire restrictions on city and privately owned lands within Carson City, according to the city's website.

Fire restrictions for Western Nevada begin today

Tinder-dry vegetation, lingering drought conditions, increasing daytime temperatures and several human-caused fires have prompted the Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nevada Division of Forestry’s to announce the implementation of fire restrictions today, Friday, June 28.

Smoke in Carson City area from Lake Tahoe prescribed fires

Prescribed fires at Lake Tahoe's east shore above Glenbrook and north shore have been blowing smoke into Carson City.
Fire and fuel crews with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the Forest Service began the controlled burns today. Winds in front of a storm system are pushing smoke into the area, confirmed Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi.

Here are the news releases on the burns:

Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Team announced

The members of the newly formed five-member Sagebrush Ecosystem Team, an interagency multidisciplinary entity, were announced recently.

Carson City Vietnam veterans make it personal

 Vietnam Veterans, Mayor Robert Crowell, Battle Born Days, NV Day
Vietnam Veterans, Mayor Robert Crowell, Battle Born Days, NV Day

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 388 are ringing in the New Year by knocking on doors throughout Carson City. They are making personal visits to those who helped bring the Traveling Wall Memorial to Mills Park for “Battle Born Days” and the Nevada Day celebrations.

Prescribed burning begins Monday for North Canyon, Lake Tahoe areas

Slash piles in the North Canyon area east of Carson City are up for burning beginning Monday, Nov. 26, weather permitting, according to the Nevada Division of Forestry. Meanwhile, forestry crews will conduct pile burning at Sand Harbor, Slaughterhouse Canyon and the Van Sickle Unit at South Lake Tahoe. The burning will continue through March.
The Nevada Division of Forestry implements forest restoration and fuel reduction projects on about 300 acres annually within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park funded through the Environmental Improvement Program.

Washoe Valley fire 50 percent contained; no homes lost

UPDATE 3:26PM: The fire burning in East Washoe Valley is 50 percent contained as of 3:22 this afternoon. Two out-buildings were destroyed, and no homes burned. Mutual aid firefighters called to fight the Lyon Fire, are now being relieved and remaining crews are doing mop-up, said Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charlie Moore.
The fire burned about 5 acres. As of 3:20 winds had considerably lessened and the fire is putting out a fraction of the smoke it had earlier in the day when it started at around 12:30, Moore said. Eastlake Boulevard is opened at Highway 395 south. Residents who were evacuated from the area can return to their homes and should have photo identification with them.
"The chances of the fire growing larger are quite minimal. There is little risk to structures and property and the rest now is left to mopping up," Moore said.

Fire burning in Washoe Valley, Carson City fire crews respond

UPDATE 2:23PM: Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center reports the fire burning in Washoe Valley near Eastlake Boulevard is under control and crews are in the mop-up phase.
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Enhancements ahead of winter highlight North Lake Tahoe ski resorts

Although you might not feel it, the weather is starting to change in North Lake Tahoe. Days are still warm, with temperatures averaging in the 60s, but nights are dropping to approximately 35 degrees. It’s the time of year that the region’s upper elevations may even see a dusting of snow.

“We’ve been reviewing all the long-range forecasts,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “And if Mother Nature keeps up her end, we should have above-average snowfall this winter.”

State to pay fired pregnant forestry dispatcher $125,000

CARSON CITY - The state of Nevada will pay $125,000 to a former Nevada Division of Forestry dispatcher who was fired soon after she told her bosses she was pregnant.
The state Board of Examiners agreed Tuesday to make the payment to Tawnya Meyer after being told by the attorney general's office that they might have to pay as much as $374,000 if the lawsuit went to court.

Highway 395 re-opened after Carter fire burns 2,000 acres south of Gardnerville

UPDATE 8:45AM: Highway 395 has reopened with controls (pilot vehicle) so expect delays and watch for fire vehicles, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.
The fire, which has burned more than 2,000 acres, is burning mostly upslope east of Highway 395 into predominately BLM public lands in the southern Pine Nut Mountains. There is a decreasing threat to approximately 30 homes west of the highway. If the fire were to jump the highway, however, this is looking less likely as fire personnel consolidate fire lines. No structures have been lost at this time. Power lines down at the fire scene, but they are deenergized, which is impacting some local rural residences. The fire is 5 percent contained. Full containment expected by Sept. 24. An aerial reconnaisance this morning will evaluate fire acreage and behavior. Nine airtankers are currently assigned to the incident, which includes four large airtankers and five single-engine airtankers (SEATs).
Structure protection is being handled by units of the East Fork Fire Protection District (Douglas County).
Incident Command Post is at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
One minor firefighter non-burn injury reported.

Fire restrictions go into effect tomorrow

Seasonal drying conditions, increasing daytime temperatures and a number of human-caused fires have prompted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District Office and the Nevada Division of Forestry’s Sierra Forest Fire Protection District to announce the implementation of fire restrictions on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 12:01 a.m., and lasting until further notice.

Topaz Ranch Estates at 4,400 acres; homes destroyed revised at 2, 17 structures burned

Douglas County officials scaled back the number of homes burned in the TRE Fire on Tuesday night to two homes from seven, however, 17 outbuildings were destroyed and the fire burning in south Douglas County at Topaz Ranch Estates has grown to 4,400 acres.
Sgt. Jim Halsey of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported the clarification in a news release. The fire continues to move in a northeasterly direction, away from homes in the Topaz Ranch Estates residential area.

Prescribed burns occurring at Tunnel Creek

The Nevada Division of Forestry is conducting prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry from March through May, 2012, weather permitting.
The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station may be closed in order to conduct the burns.
Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted.
Nearly 100 acres are being treated in 15 separate phases.
The burns are part of ongoing fuels treatment and forest restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.

Washoe Drive Fire consumes 3,000 acres, undetermined number of homes, 4,000 evacuated


View Washoe Drive Fire (1/19/2012) in a larger map

UPDATE 510PM: Fire burns more than 3,000 acres with zero containment; 4,000 evacuated; no count on home and structure losses.

At 4:40 pm this afternoon, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, under his constitutional and statutory authority, made a state declaration of emergency which qualifies local governments for federal assistance associated with this event. The National Guard is on standby at the request of Sandoval and Washoe County. California has also provided fire assistance as part of a Governor to Governor agreement with Jerry Brown. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been and are being affected by this fire,” Sandoval said. “Declaring a state of emergency ensures that every resource from the local, state and federal level is available to assist. The Nevada Division of Forestry and the Department of Public Safety have also engaged with local responders.” Additionally, Nevada has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). As a result, Nevada is eligible for up to 75 percent funding assistance for eligible costs. The request was made by the Nevada Division of Forestry on behalf of Washoe County at the onset of the fire.

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Carson City fire officials reduce size of Laurel Fire to 300 acres (VIDEO)

UPDATE 6:30PM: Fire officials have reduced the amount of acres having burned on the east side of Carson City. Tonight officials report 300 acres have been consumed so far in the Laurel Fire burning on BLM land off of Deer Run Road. While no structures are threatened at this time, there is no estimate of containment.

Late Elko man added to NV firefighters' memorial

AP A plaque bearing the name of an Elko man who died as a result of a Hantavirus infection earlier this year was added Saturday to the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial in Carson City. A ceremony at Mills Park honored Nevada Division of Forestry Capt. ...

Cash to be added to firefighters' memorial

Nevada Division of Forestry Capt. Paul S. Cash of Elko's name will be added to the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial in Carson City on Saturday, bringing to 64 the number of Nevada firefighters memoria...

Ground and air crews continue to battle Buckeye Fire

Today, firefighters throughout the region continue to battle the Buckeye Fire, five miles west of Bridgeport. The Buckeye Fire started yesterday, September 25, 2011 around 11 a.m.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported. Firefighters have been faced with steep terrain and changing wind conditions making it a difficult fire to contain. As of this morning the size of the fire is estimated to be approximately 1,200 acres. At the time of this release there is no estimate on when containment will occur. The investigation of the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

Fire crews mopping up small brush fire on east side of Carson City

Fire crews are finishing up work on a small brush fire that broke out on the east side of Carson City, south of Highway 50 East.

A Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter was seen dropping several loads of water on the area after personnel from Carson City Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management contained the fire on the ground. There were no structures visible near the fire.

When it first started, a big column of smoke was visible throughout the city, and reports at the time said it is more than one acre and spreading toward Rifle Range Road.

Hundreds Of Trees Planted But Few Jobs Created In Clark County Federal Stimulus Project

CARSON CITY – If a $490,000 grant to plant trees in Clark County public places as part of a federal job-creating stimulus project should be measured by the “greening” of Southern Nevada, then the effort might be considered a modest success.
Thirteen different government and nonprofit entities applied for 1,814 trees for planting at 35 different public areas in Southern Nevada through the grant. A total of 1,541 trees have been provided to the agencies and groups for planting, mostly at schools and parks around the Vegas valley.

Geiger Grade fire grows to more than 500 acres, evacuations continue

A fire burning near the border of Storey and Washoe counties in the Geiger Grade area has swelled to more than 500 acres, according to the latest report from Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.
The Bain Street Fire is burning on Nevada Division of Forestry land and has not, at the time, burned any structures, the agency says.

Reminder of fire-danger warning for Nevada

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
This is a reminder that Nevada State Forester and Fire Warden, Pete Anderson, issued a warning on July 8 about fire danger throughout Nevada.
Western Nevada has experienced numerous wildfire ignitions over the past few weeks posing an increasing danger to the public as vegetation continues to dry out.

Brush fire chews 123 acres at Carson City rifle range

Fire crews have knocked down a 123-acre blaze that started late Saturday morning near the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range off Flint Drive near the landfill.
Called the Rifle Fire, flames and smoke that billowed through the eastern edge of Carson City were extinguished after several agencies, helicopters and air tankers attacked the fire head-on through the afternoon and into the evening reports the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.
An air tanker was taken off the fire and some equipment was moved out of the area after 5 p.m., said Helen Frazier of the dispatch center.

State Forester issues fire-danger warning for Nevada

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
CARSON CITY — Nevada State Forester and Fire Warden, Pete Anderson, issued a warning on July 8 about fire danger throughout Nevada. Western Nevada has experienced numerous wildfire ignitions over the past few weeks posing an increasing danger to the public as vegetation continues to dry.

Carson City man arrested for starting fire in Brunswick Canyon

Sheriff's deputies arrested a 25-year-old Carson City man whose alleged use of fireworks started a brush fire in Brunswick Canyon Saturday night.

According to the arrest report, a deputy responding to the scene of the fire found a truck with six subjects in it, along with numerous fireworks. The driver, Jay Summerville, allegedly told deputies that one of the fireworks had gone across the Carson River and started a fire in a bush.

Division of Forestry sends personnel to fight Arizona fires

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Nevada Division of Forestry is aiding firefighting efforts in Arizona by contributing personnel to help the state fight multiple devastating wildfires.

“Since the fires started, we have sent 10 personnel to help fight the fires in eastern Arizona,” said Nevada’s State Forester and Firewarden, Pete Anderson. NDF has agreements with western states to help in such situations. Nevada recoups costs for its services.

Reminder that state nursery now open

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
This is a reminder that the Nevada Division of Forestry State Tree Nursery in Washoe Valley opened for the season on May 12, 2011.

The nursery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3 pm Thursday through Saturday until October 15, 2011.
The nursery is designed to assist landowners by providing plant material suitable for conservation uses such as, but not limited to, windbreaks, soil erosion control, water conservation, and wildlife habitats.

Prescribed Burns at Tunnel Creek Begin Thursday

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Forestry will be conducting prescribed burns today at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry. The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to ...

State nursery in Washoe Valley opens Thursday

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Nevada Division of Forestry State Tree Nursery in Washoe Valley is opening for the season Thursday, May 12. The nursery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3 pm Thursday through Saturday until Oct. 15, 2011.
The nursery is designed to assist landowners by providing plant material suitable for conservation uses such as, but not limited to, windbreaks, soil erosion control, water conservation, and wildlife habitats.

State reaches agreement with counties

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
The State of Nevada announced today that it has reached agreements between the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) and Eureka County, Elko County and Clark County (Mt. Charleston) to continue to provide “all-risk” emergency services to these counties.

These services were scheduled to be transferred back to the respective counties June 30, 2012, per Gov. Brian Sandoval’s recommended budget now being considered by the Nevada State Legislature.

Smokey the Bear Celebrates Arbor Day in Carson City

For the second consecutive year, Smokey the Bear will be celebrating Arbor Day with the Carson City Shade Tree Council. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 29, 2011 and will be held at Governor's Field (behind Lowe's). The festivities are approximately an hour long. Smokey will arrive at Governor’s Field in a Nevada Division of Forestry fire tender.

Smokey will also have “goodie” bags for the children attending the celebration. Smokey will help the Council and its guests plant a Northern Red Maple selected by the staff of the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department.

Reminder of prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
This is a reminder that the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) will be conducting prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry throughout late April and into May.

The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns.
Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted.

Nearly 100 acres will be treated in 15 separate phases.

Arbor Day 2011 in Carson City

The Carson City Shade Tree Council will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on April 29. The hour-long celebration will be held at Governors’ Field (behind Lowe’s) and will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Among those attending will be Smokey Bear who will help the Council plant the Northern Red Maple selected by the staff of Carson City’s Park and Recreation Department. The tree planting is scheduled at 6 p.m. The Council paid for the tree with money it raised at annual Fall Tree Care Seminar.

Reminder of prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
This is a reminder that the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) will be conducting prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry throughout late April and into May.

The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns.

Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted. Nearly 100 acres will be treated in 15 separate phases.

Prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek during April and May

By the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) will be conducting prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry throughout late April and into May.
The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns.
Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted.
Nearly 100 acres will be treated in 15 separate phases.

Carson City leaders to consider attorney for construction firm's cost override demands

The Carson City Board of Supervisors this week will consider whether to hire a special deputy district attorney to represent the public works department after a construction firm contracted to do $1.9 million in work has claimed overriding costs of $1.7 million.

$490 Thousand in Federal Stimulus To Be Spent on Nevada Tree Planting, Tree-Care Classes

CARSON CITY – Federal government efforts to create jobs through stimulus funding have expanded to encompass an urban Clark County tree planting effort and related activities, including tree care training for Spanish-speaking workers.
The Nevada Division of Forestry has received funding from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to make 2,500 trees available for free for planting by nonprofit organizations, government entities and others on urban public lands in Southern Nevada.

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