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Northern California District
Release Date: 09/24/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-09-88

Fire Restrictions to be Lifted on BLM-Managed Public Lands in Northeast California

With the onset of  autumn weather, fire restrictions will be lifted Friday, Oct. 2, on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s northeast California field offices.

The easing of restrictions affects lands managed by the BLM’s Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field offices in Modoc, Lassen, Sierra, Plumas, eastern Shasta, and eastern Siskiyou counties in California and parts of Washoe County, Nevada.

Fire restrictions will remain in place for northeast California’s Lassen National Forest until the region receives rain.  Restrictions also remain in place for BLM-managed lands in northwest California, and on many national forests in the state.  Hunters, off-roaders and other back country visitors should check fire restriction status with Forest Service or BLM offices in the areas they plan to visit.

Additionally, the ban on outdoor burning such as debris piles and agriculture projects will remain in effect until lifted by CAL FIRE.

When the public land fire restrictions are lifted, campfires will again be allowed outside of developed campgrounds and recreation sites. Campfire permits, available at all BLM offices, are required. The 1 p.m. shutdown requirement for chainsaw use also will be lifted. Motor vehicles must remain on designated roads and trails.

In areas where restrictions remain in place, campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds and posted recreation sites.  Internal combustion engines are allowed only on established roads and trails. Smoking is prohibited except inside enclosed vehicles or within designated campgrounds and recreation sites.

Officials said the phased lifting of restrictions is due to differing landscapes and vegetation types.

“With the onset of cooler weather, shorter days and small amounts of precipitation, high desert grasses absorb moisture quickly,” said Jim Hedges, a co-manager at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.  “This lessens fire danger.  Forest fuels, such as trees and downed logs, respond much more slowly to changing weather, and absorb moisture more slowly. In the forest, it takes longer for fire dangers to recede.”

Fire officials stressed that fire dangers are still high in many areas. They urged hunters and other back country visitors to continue using extreme caution with fire.   


Last updated: 09-28-2009