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BLM fire prevention guidelines by Geoff Kreis Three years ago, the Grey family lost nearly everything they owned when, what started as a small brush fire, quickly over- took their home outside of Reno. Today, they are still recover- ing from the fire that they say could have been prevented from destroying their home. The Grey's story is not unlike what could happen to any of us, and fire safety neglect is one reason why the risk gets greater every day. The Bureau of Land Management recently issued its 1997 fire safety guidelines, calling on all citizens to take part and be more aware to prevent tragedies from occurring. "While the 1997 fire season hasn't been as active as last year's, there is still a long summer ahead,"said BLM Acting Director Sylvia Baca. "We need the public's support to ensure the safety of their homes, their lives, and the lives of our firefighters." Baca said that even though federal firefighting resources are not as strained as they were a year ago, significant fires pop up in areas such as Alaska and Southern California that require large amounts of attention. Areas of Nevada are badly hit as well like the mountains and rural desert. Fires in this state have cost millions of dollars in damage in recent years. "We are not letting down our guard for this year's fire season, and I ask the public to do their part in helping us prevent fires on public lands." Baca said. To reduce fire hazards, Baca said homeowners should: - Clear leaves, brush, and dry grass within 30 feet of houses and other structures and keep it that way throughout the fire season. - Remove all trees within 10 feet of homes and space remaining trees at least 10 feet apart. All tree branches should be cut to a height of six feet to reduce the chance of fires spreading to treetops. - Clean roofs and rain gutters regularly, keeping them free of twigs, leaves, and pine needles. - Remove tree limbs within 10 feet of chimneys or stove pipes. - Store firewood and combustible materials at least 30 feet away from buildings. - Post their home address along the road at the driveway entrance, as well as on the home. Numbers should be at least four inches high and mounted on high-contrast, non-combus- tible background material. - Apply a fire retardant solution, such as phosphate salt to wood shingle and shake roofs and re-treat as suggested. For those who are working or recreating outdoors, Baca urged individuals to follow ['hese safety guidelines: - Check area fire conditions before going into wildlands and strictly observe any restrictions on campfires, smoking, or equipment that may be in effect. - Don't park cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation as the exhaust system of a vehicle can reach tern- peratures in excess of 1,000 degrees. It only takes about 500 degrees to start a summer wildfire. - Use an approved spark arrester on all internal com- bustion-powered vehicles and equipment. - Maintain equipment prop- erly. - Clear the area around a campfire. Remove all vegeta- tion and debris within 10 feet before starting the fire. - Keep fire suppression tools handy. Make sure you have a bucket of water, shovel, and other implements nearby in case your campfire starts to get out of control. - Make sure a campfire is "dead out" before leaving. Stir water and dirt into the coals with a shovel or stick until the coals are cool enough to touch with your hands. - Extinguish smoking ma- terials properly. Put out ciga- rettes, cigars, or pipes only in cleared areas free of vegeta- tion or debris. - Don't use fireworks in wildland areas. Fireworks are illegal on most wildlands any- way. Les Rosenkrance, director of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, joined Baca in the pursuit of fire awareness. His depart- ment was kept very busy last Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thiarsday, July'31', 997 9 year during one of the worst fire seasons in the nation's history. "Despite the intensity of last year's fire season, which burned more than six million acres of public land and destroyed nearly 800 structures, no federal firefighters lost their lives on the fire line while battling the blazes," he said. "The public can help us maintain that safety record this season." 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