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California Desert District
Release Date: 05/13/09
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220 ,
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-44

BLM Announces Strict Fire Restrictions Along the Colorado River

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has imposed strict fire restrictions on BLM-administered public lands along the Colorado River effective Wednesday, May 13, 2009.  These lands include portions of Imperial and Riverside counties in California, as well as portions of Yuma and La Paz counties in Arizona.

The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices is prohibited, as is the welding or use of any torch or metal-cutting implement.

Campfires and charcoal grills are permitted only in developed or improved recreation sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are permitted.  Wood stove fires are not permitted, however, the use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed – provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.

Smoking is restricted to enclosed buildings, within enclosed vehicles, and on paved or surfaced roads, within a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Violations are punishable by fines of not more than $1,000, and/or imprisonment of not more than one year.  Questions about these restrictions should be referred to BLM Fire Mitigation Specialist James Stewart, 928.317.3260 or the BLM’s Yuma Field Office, 928.317.3200.


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Last updated: 05-18-2009