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Northern California District
Release Date: 06/30/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
  Lynda Roush , 707-825-2300  
News Release No. CA-N-09-69

BLM sets fire restrictions on northwest California public lands

With wildfire dangers steadily increasing, the U. S. Bureau of Land Management has announced that fire restrictions will go into effect Wednesday, July 1, for North Coast public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Fire prevention orders, which limit campfires, firewood cutting and off-road motor vehicle use, affect land managed by the BLM Arcata Field Office in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino counties.
Fire restrictions are also in effect for public lands managed by the BLM’s Redding and Ukiah field offices.

Under the fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbecues may be used only within fire rings or stoves in developed recreation sites, posted campsites or campgrounds.  Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel may be used, but require a campfire permit.  Restrictions also prohibit campfires along the Lost Coast Trail in Humboldt County and at all backcountry campsites in the King Range National Conservation Area.

Internal combustion engines, including chainsaws and motor vehicles, may be used only on established roads and trails. Smoking is allowed only within enclosed vehicles, inside buildings, or within developed recreation sites.

Possession and use of fireworks, including state fire marshal-approved devices, are prohibited on BLM-managed lands.  Exemptions allow for use of California state fire marshal-approved fireworks on the Mattole Campground Beach, Black Sands Beach and at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area only on July 4, 2009.

Use of steel-jacketed and other types of incendiary ammunition is also prohibited. 

Additional information about fire use on public lands is available from the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300.   


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Last updated: 06-30-2009