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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 06/03/13
Contacts: Jennifer Mata (530) 224-2102    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-67

BLM Announces Fire Restrictions Begin June 10 on Northern Calif. Public Lands


The Bureau of Land Management on June 10 will implement fire restrictions for lands managed by the Redding Field Office in Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Trinity and Siskiyou counties. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Field Office Manager Jennifer Mata said the restrictions are needed because of dry fuels and increasing fire danger in the north state region. She said wildfires under these conditions can pose threats to public land visitors, natural resources and adjacent private lands and communities.

Under the restrictions, all campfires and barbecues are prohibited except in posted campgrounds and recreation sites. Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed outside of posted recreation sites, with a valid California campfire permit. Visitors should be extremely careful with their use. Wildland visitors should carry shovels and water.

New this year is a requirement that target shooters carry shovels or fire extinguishers.

Target shooting will be allowed only from a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily.

Other restrictions include:

  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated, developed recreation site, or other designated areas.
  • No motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off of established roads or trails.
  • No shooting using incendiary, tracer, steel core or armor-piercing ammunition. Targets made of material that explodes or emits sparks may not be used.
  • No fireworks, including "safe and sane" devices.

BLM fire officials said people should always call 911 before attempting to extinguish a fire, and then determine whether it is small enough to try and safely extinguish it.  They said fire extinguishers and shovels can be effective on a small fire. Dirt should be thrown from a safe distance. Fire extinguishers should be aimed at the base of flames to be most effective.

The BLM advises homeowners to develop and maintain100 feet of clean, open space around their homes to provide defensible space and improve the chance that their homes can be saved in an uncontrolled wildfire.

For more information, contact the Redding Field Office at (530) 224-2100.




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Last updated: 06-03-2013