Authorities in central Nevada put fire restrictions into effect July 1. Public land in that region is in danger of massive fires if people don't use caution.

The areas affected are terrain administered by the BLM's Winnemucca and Battle Mountain field offices — which include portions of Lander, Nye and Esmeralda counties — and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Campfires will be banned outside of developed campgrounds. Only portable stoves fueled with gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted.

Smoking is prohibited except in enclosed vehicles, buildings, campgrounds or an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Welding or any use of an acetylene torch with open flames are prohibited without a permit.

Fireworks or any other incendiary device is prohibited.

Visitors to the area are asked to carry an axe, shovel, between one and five gallons of water and a fire extinguisher. For more information, call 775-623-1500, or 775-635-4000.