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California Desert District Fire

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About the Fire Program

Wildland fire in the California desert poses serious consequences to the fragile arid ecosystem. Most desert plants cannot tolerate wildland fire. The Fire Management Program in the California Desert District (CDD) was established by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide protection both to the public and the sensitive ecosystems unique to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. The primary area of fire protection responsibilities include that area covered in the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA). The California Desert District covers about one-fourth of the state, including land in eight counties. The California Desert Fire Program has two zones.
The north zone covers 
the following BLM Field Office:
and the south zone covers:

Ridgecrest, Barstow and Needles
Ridgecrest, Barstow and Needles Field Office


Palm Springs / South Coast
and El Centro
Palm Springs-South Coast and El Centro Field Office

Vehicle Use

It is critical to inspect your vehicle surroundings specially when visiting your public lands to prevent a possible wildfire. The exhaust pipes and muffler of your vehicle can reach temperatures above 500 degrees fahrenheit, especially in the desert areas, and  these parts will easily become igniters if driven through dry weeds or bushes so please follow these useful procedures to keep your public land fire free.

For more information in the prevention of wildfires, please click the image below:Recomendation for vehicle safety in prevention of wildfires, courtesy of the California Wildland Fire Coordinating Group.

























A wildland firefighter monitors a low burning brush fire.

Visitor Information

Active Fire Information

Incident Interactive Maps


  • Campfire Permits
    Permits are required for open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves and are valid for one year.

Aviation Program

Photograph of helicopter H-554


Campfire Safety

Making a campfire can make an outdoor experience memorable, but remember to exercise safety precautions.

We recommend:


A five-foot circle cleared around your campfire
2A responsibe adult to be attentive at all times
3To chose a safe area, away from undesired igniters


To have a shovel, and plenty of water on hand, and to put the fire DEAD OUT before leaving





Photographs on the proper and wrongful way to make a campfire.


Defensible Space

It is required by law to have 100 feet of space around your home. You should have clear and clean area of 30 feet in the immediate surroundings of your house and 70 feet for a "reduced fuel zone" (depending on property sizes).
Reduced Fuel Zone is the spacing between trees and plants that could help wildfire slowdown and even stop for advancing on to your property.

Plants that are high in moisture and grow close to the ground are best to stop the spread of fire. Some common fire retardant plants are rockrose, iceplant and aloe. For bushes it is recommended you find shrub apples, bush honeysuckles, currant and hedging roses. It's best to avoid planting pine or other conifers trees, which will catch on fire easier than maple, cheery trees or poplar. Creating stone walls, patios, decks and road ways also helps to create a fire-safe area.

Fire Management photographs of the BLM fire crew at work and at training,

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 697-5200
Fax: (951) 697-5299
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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