BLM announces fire restrictions on public lands

According to a statement from the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency will implement fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices in Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Sierra, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in California and in Washoe County, Nevada. The restrictions go into effect Saturday, Aug. 1, and will remain in effect until further notice. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order issued on April 28. Fire restrictions are also in place for neighboring BLM-managed public lands in northern California and Nevada and neighboring national forests. Visitors should check on fire restrictions in areas they plan to visit.

“These seasonal restrictions are important for protecting public lands and nearby communities from wildfire,” said BLM Associate District Manager Dereck Wilson. “Dry forests, grass and brush, combined with high temperatures and windy afternoons have significantly increased fire danger. We need to minimize the potential for fire starts.”

The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and use of barbecues. Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. Users must have a valid California campfire permit. Visitors should be extremely careful with their use. Wildland visitors should carry shovels, water and fire extinguishers.

Campfire permits are available free at all BLM, CAL FIRE and Forest Service Offices and online at preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.

Other restrictions include:

  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated, developed recreation site, or other designated area.
  • No motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off established roads or trails. Chainsaws equipped with spark arresters may be used until 1 p.m. daily.
  • No possession or use of fireworks, including California fire marshal-approved “safe and sane” devices.

Target shooters may not use incendiary, tracer, steel core, armor-piercing, exploding or incendiary ammunition, or targets made of material that could explode or emit sparks.

BLM officials noted violations of fire restrictions are punishable by a fine up to $100,000 or up to 12 months in jail, or both. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs incurred may be borne by the trespasser.

For more information, call the Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville at 257-0456, the Applegate Field Office in Alturas at 233-4666 or the Surprise Field Station in Cedarville at 279-6101.

Information on fire restrictions across public lands in California is available online at blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions. More information on preventing wildland fires is available at readyforwildfire.org.

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