(Neb)-Stage One Fire Restrictions Ordered On NNF&G
CHADRON - The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands has imposed Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all the lands it administers in Nebraska and South Dakota because prolonged high temperatures and below-average precipitation have created favorable fire conditions.
The restrictions should have little impact on most visitors because they don't ban open fires or smoking, only limit them to safe areas.
In the case of campfires, they're limited to developed campgrounds or improved sites while smoking is allowed only in vehicles, buildings, developed recreation sites, or an area least 3-feet in diameter cleared of flammable vegetation.
Operating a chainsaw requires an approved and working spark arrester, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, and a round-point shovel at least 35" long, while welding and other torches with open flame are limited to cleared areas at least 10' in diameter and again with a fire extinguisher on hand.
The Stage-1 Fire Restrictions apply to all National Forest System lands in the Fall River, Wall, and Fort Pierre Ranger Districts in South Dakota and the Bessey and Pine Ridge Ranger Districts in Nebraska. For more information, contact the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands Supervisor's office or visit its website at www.fs.usda.gov/nebraska.
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