For Release: July 2, 2008
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Lynda Roush (707) 825-2300
Fires, Fireworks Prohibited in King Range National Conservation Area
Unusually dry conditions and extreme demand on firefighting resources have prompted the Bureau of Land Management to prohibit all fires and use of fireworks in the King Range National Conservation Area on the north coast.
Beginning Thursday, July 3, fires will no longer be allowed, even in the fire rings at designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel may be used. A California campfire permit is required.
Additionally, fireworks will be prohibited in all areas, including Mattole and Black Sands beaches. An earlier exemption to fireworks use and possession for those beaches has been rescinded.
"We are in an unprecedented early fire season in northern California, and fire dangers are extreme," said King Range Manager Gary Pritchard-Peterson. "Fire fighting resources are stretched very thin fighting fires here on the north coast and across California."
In the King Range, fire crews are working to fully contain the Paradise Fire which has burned about 925 acres. As of this morning, the fire was 60 percent contained by fire line. Crews were still completing line in very steep terrain.
The fire is one of more than 1,400 ignited June 20 and 21, when dry thunderstorms moved across a wide area of California. There are currently more than 1,100 fires still burning in California, with more than 19,000 personnel committed, according to statistics released by CAL FIRE.
For more information on fire restrictions, call the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300 or the King Range Office, (707) 986-5400.
Arcata Field Office 1895 Heindon Rd. Arcata, CA 95221