weather icon Clear

Burn ban begins May 23

The summer season is fast approaching and temperatures in the Pahrump Valley have already begun to tick up toward the triple digits, which means it’s time for residents to do the last of their controlled burns before the burn moratorium kicks in.

“The burn moratorium will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022. The last day to do a legal controlled burn will be on Sunday, May 22, 2022, ending at 12 p.m., weather permitting,” a news release from Pahrump Fire and Rescue said.

The burn moratorium will continue until late fall and will not be lifted until temperatures are consistently below 90 degrees, which generally occurs in mid-to-late October.

“The Pahrump Fire and Rescue burn moratorium is important because it protects people and property when fire danger is high,” Pahrump Fire and Rescue Administrative Secretary Jennifer Fanning told the Pahrump Valley Times. “Nye County is listed as being in extreme drought, and if you pair that with the hot temperatures and dry weather, you have high potential for extreme fire dangers.”

As detailed by the U.S. Drought Monitor website, all of Nevada has been experiencing a drought, with levels varying between severe, extreme and exceptional. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change revealed that the western portion of the country, including the Silver State, is seeing its worst drought in 1,200 years.

Much of Nye County is in extreme drought, including all of the Pahrump Valley. As one would expect, less rainfall overall often equates to a higher fire load, with the drought monitor website noting that extreme drought conditions result in increased fire activity and an extension of the typical fire season.

Controlled burning in the valley is regulated by Pahrump Town Ordinance #28. Under this ordinance, residents are permitted to conduct controlled burns of vegetative waste such as weeds, tree cuttings and brush, as well as household paper products.

Anyone wishing to conduct a controlled burn must first obtain a burn permit, which summarizes the rules that must be followed when burning. Permits are free and the application is available online at www.PahrumpNV.org

Those found to be violating Pahrump Town Ordinance #28 or the burn moratorium can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.

For more information contact the Pahrump Fire and Rescue Burn Desk at 775-727-5658, extension 2.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Pahrump fireworks show will delay Highway 160 project

Just a week before a major improvement project for Pahrump’s main highway begins, Nevada Department of Transportation officials say the project will be postponed until July 11.

Map shows 246 homes planned for Pahrump’s Beckham Heights

The residential subdivision will provide four unique floor plans. The homes range in size from 2,078 square feet to 3,030 square feet, three of the models are two-story and one is a single-story, according to project plans.

Ellie Wilshusen takes the crown at Ms. Senior Golden Years Pageant

Feathered headdresses, ropes of pearls and the flash of a sequins were on full display during the 2022 Ms. Senior Golden Years USA Pageant, where the contestants embraced their inner flapper for this year’s theme, “The Roaring ‘20s.”

Motorsports facility hosting Thursday job fair

Spring Mountain Motor Resort Country Club will be holding a job fair on Thursday, June 23, from 9-10:30 a.m.

How you can join Pahrump’s 4th of July Parade

Pahrump is well-known as a patriotic town and there is no better time for area businesses and organizations to show their patriotic spirit than during the Fourth of July Parade.