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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 12/13/13
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-15

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions in the California Desert District


Fire restrictions have been lifted for Bureau of Land Management lands administered by the California Desert District, which includes the Needles, Ridgecrest, Barstow, Palm Springs and El Centro Field Offices. This includes BLM public lands in San Bernardino, Inyo, Los Angeles, Kern, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties.

Due to recent wet weather conditions and sufficient firefighting resources, seasonal fire restrictions are no longer necessary. However there are year round fire restrictions that still remain in effect. For a complete list of those restrictions please visit: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/fire.html

"The BLM greatly appreciates the public's cooperation in helping to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires this summer on BLM lands," said Brian Willbond, BLM fire prevention officer. "Even though restrictions are no longer needed, we're asking the public to be very careful when using fire. Under the right conditions our public lands still have potential for wildfires to spread rapidly and become dangerous."

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution when using fire and to exercise the following precautions:

  1. Make sure you have a ten-foot circle cleared around your campfire.
  2. Be sure to have a shovel and plenty of water on hand, and put the fire DEAD OUT before leaving. 
  3. Smokers need to make sure their cigarettes or cigars are put out when they are through smoking and dispose of them properly. 
  4. Remember not to park motor vehicles where the exhaust system could cause grass or other vegetation to ignite.

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) 833-7100 or Ridgecrest Field Office (760) 384-5400.




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

Last updated: 12-13-2013