U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Desert District|
Fire Restrictions Going Into Effect for the California Desert Areas
As of May 15, 2012 the Bureau of Land Management has issued fire restrictions on public lands in the California desert, including requiring permits for campfires and barbecues.
Above-normal rainfall this winter and spring has produced prolific growth of desert vegetation, including highly flammable invasive grasses.
"Historically, these conditions have fueled very large wild fires," said Teri Raml, BLM Desert District Manager. "These fire restrictions are needed to reduce the wildfire threat to private property and the fragile desert ecosystem."
Effective May 15, 2012 all campfires and barbecues are prohibited on BLM-managed lands within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties close to urban areas, even within camp sites. Portable stoves with gas, jellied petroleum or pressured liquid fuel are authorized with a valid California campfire permit, but the public is asked to be extremely careful with their use and to carry a shovel and water with them at all times.
On all other BLM land in the California Desert District, campfires and barbecues are allowed, but only with permits. This includes all BLM-managed lands east of Highways 395 and 14, north of Highways 138 and 18, as well as east of Highways 247, 62, 111, and 86. In San Diego County, the restrictions are in effect south of Highway 78 and east of County Road S-2 and Interstate 8 to the Mexican border.
Permits are available through the CDD office, all BLM field offices, fire/ranger stations, and from all BLM patrol personnel. Anyone convicted of violating a fire prevention order can be fined up to $1,000, receive up to 12 months in jail, or both, and may be liable for the cost of damages and suppression of a wildfire that may have resulted from the unauthorized campfire or barbeque.
For more information, or to obtain a permit, contact the BLM’s CDD office at (951) 697-5200, our local field offices in Barstow, (760) 252-6000; El Centro, (760) 337-4400; Needles, (760) 326-7000; Palm Springs-South Coast, (760) 833-7100; or Ridgecrest, (760) 384-5400.
The use or possession of fireworks, including “safe and sane” is hereby prohibited on all public lands of the California Desert District.
Firearms and Ammunition
The possession or discharge of a firearm using incendiary, tracer, steel core, or armor piercing ammunition is hereby prohibited on all public lands of the California Desert District.
No person shall burn, ignite or cause to burn any tire, petroleum product, wires, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive materials.
All off-road vehicles being operated on public lands must be equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (C) and California Vehicle Code 38366(a). The spark arrester must meet either the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest service Standard 5100-1a, or the 80% efficiency level standard determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAEs) recommended practices J335 or J350.
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
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