U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Desert District Fire|
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.
Making a campfire can make an outdoor experience memorable, but remember to exercise safety precautions.
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).
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.
Bureau of Land Management