News Release

For Release:  July 7, 2008             
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or (530) 262-1147 (cell)
CA-N-08-75

BLM Fire Restrictions Prohibit Target Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management’s Redding Field Office has amended its seasonal fire restrictions, adding a prohibition on target and sport shooting on BLM-managed public lands in Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Trinity and Siskiyou counties.

BLM Redding Field Manager Steve Anderson said the shooting restriction is in response to extreme fire danger and a lack of fire fighting resources.  Fire restrictions will be in effect until cooler, wetter weather reduces fire risk.

Anderson said BLM law enforcement rangers will cooperate with Shasta County sheriff's deputies to enforce the shooting restrictions in Shasta County.

Fire restrictions have been in place since May 17, restricting campfires, off highway driving and target shooting.
 
Under the restrictions:

  • Campfires or other open fires, including barbecues and portable stoves, are prohibited except within fire rings or stoves in designated recreation sites or campgrounds.  Portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel may be used with a valid California campfire permit.
  • Internal combustion engines may be used only on roads and designated trails.  Chainsaws with functional spark arresters may be used off of roads and trails under the activity levels specified in personal use woodcutting permits and other contracts.
  • Motor vehicles must remain on established roads and trails.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within enclosed vehicles or in developed recreation sites.
  • Possession and use of fireworks, including those approved by the state fire marshal, are prohibited on all BLM-managed public lands.

Violation of the restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment or both.
 
For more information contact the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100.

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Redding Field Office     355 Hemsted Drive     Redding, CA  96102