News Release

For Release: May 28, 2008
Contact:  Jeff Fontana, BLM, (530) 252-5332 or Leona Rodreick, LNF, (530) 252-6605
BLM CA-N-08-59

Agencies Open Fire Seaso n Monday, June 2

Dry conditions have prompted officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center to declare the northeast California wildfire season officially open Monday, June 2. The “official” fire season announcement informs people that fire risks are increasing as the weather warms.
 
The SIFC agencies (Lassen National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Lassen-Modoc Unit of CAL FIRE) and the Modoc and Plumas national forests jointly announced the fire season start.
 
"We had a record dry spring, and vegetation is drying," said Craig Kincaid, a co-manager at SIFC.  "Dry grass carries fire quickly, so there is potential for a very active fire season.  We urge everyone to think about fire safety anytime they are outdoors."
 
CAL FIRE has required permits for outdoor burning since May 1, and campfire permits are required for BLM and Forest Service-managed lands outside of developed campgrounds and recreation sites. An outdoor burning ban and other seasonal fire restrictions are likely later this summer.
 
Property owners must always adhere to the hours and conditions on burning permits, using fire only on calm days. Adults must supervise all fires, and tools including a water hose and shovel must be on hand.  Use of mowers and other brush and grass clearing equipment should be avoided during hot and windy periods because sparks caused by blades hitting rocks can cause fires.
 
Campers must pay attention to seasonal fire restrictions, keep campfires small, and be sure fires are cold to the touch before leaving camp.
 
Officials stress that possession and use of fireworks are prohibited in national forests, on BLM-managed public lands and in many unincorporated areas in northeast California.  People should check with local fire departments for specific fireworks regulations.
 
This year, the fire center will be ready to respond to emergencies with a total of 34 fire engines, 18 ground crews, up to five bulldozers, an “air attack” plane and three helicopters from CAL FIRE, the Lassen National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Also available are fire engines, bulldozers and water tenders from cooperating local fire departments.
 
SIFC crews provide fire protection and suppression in parts of Lassen, Modoc, Butte and Tehama counties, and parts of far northwest Nevada.

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Susanville Interagency Fire Center
CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit      Lassen National Forest  
Bureau of Land Management      Lassen Volcanic National Park