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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/19/11
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220 and  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-4

BLM to Lift Campfire Restrictions in the California Desert District

Effective Oct. 21, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s California Desert District will lift its campfire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Southern California within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA). 

BLM-managed lands in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, and western Riverside County that are designated as “State Responsibility Areas” remain under Stage II restrictions.  Those areas only permit campfires within approved fire pits and grills in developed recreational sites.

“Because we have declared our fire season over, the public will not be required to obtain a campfire permit throughout the CDCA,” said Teri Raml, California Desert District Manager.  “However, campers still are required to provide proper clearance of flammable fuels to a minimum of five feet and to have a shovel or other extinguishing tools readily available.”

The following elements of the fire-prevention remain in place and are prohibited:

  • Use/ignition of all fireworks;
  • Possession or discharge of a firearm using incendiary, tracer, steel core, or armor-piercing ammunition;
  • Ignition or burning of any tire, petroleum product, wires, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive materials;
  • All off-road vehicles being operated on public lands must be equipped with a properly installed spark arrester, and are required at all times throughout the year.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in Title 43 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 9212.1.  Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the regulations shall upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both.

For more information, contact any of the following BLM offices:  California Desert District Office, (951) 697-5200; Barstow Field Office, (760) 252-6000; El Centro Field Office, (760) 337-4400; Needles Field Office, (760) 326-7000; Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, (760) 251-4800; or Ridgecrest Field Office, (760) 384-5400.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 10-19-2011