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Friday, August 18, 2017

How to Report a Wildfire

The public helps responding agencies by reporting fires in real time. Before you report a fire there are some things to keep in mind. Make sure you are in a safe location, don't approach the fire or put yourself or first responders in harm’s way. While wildfire reporting and dispatch processes vary by location, providing information like: where you think the fire is located; people, livestock, or property you have seen in the area; or smoke director or color can helpful to the responding agency.

If you need to report a wildfire in Nevada, there are a few different options. 9-1-1 can be used to report wildfires in an emergency, but you can also call the fire dispatch and communications centers to report a fire.  For Winnemucca and Battle Mountain BLM Districts, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Santa Rosa Forest Service Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest call the Central Nevada Interagency Dispatch Center at 775-623-3444. For Elko County and the surrounding area, call Elko Interagency Dispatch at 775-748-4000. For Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Interagency Communication Center, call 702-631-2350. For Carson City and the surrounding area, call the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center at 775-883-5995. If you would like to learn more about fire reporting and dispatch, read the recent story in the Elko Daily Free Press about the Elko Interagency Dispatch Center.