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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 01/21/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@blm.gov    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-19

BLM Initiates Stage III Fire Restrictions in Portions of the California Desert District


Stage III fire restrictions have been initiated for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands administered by the California Desert District outside of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties. These restrictions do not apply to the ISDRA, Dumont Dunes, Johnson Valley, El Mirage, Jawbone Canyon, and Spangler Hills OHV open areas.

Stage III restrictions state that setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind is prohibited in the designated area. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed only by permit. Smoking is only permitted within enclosed vehicles or camp trailers.

Due to recent hot and dry weather conditions with frequent Santa Ana winds, red flag warnings, and firefighting resources in winter staffing modes, seasonal fire restrictions are necessary to prevent wildfires on public lands outside of the CDCA. Additionally, year-round fire restrictions remain in effect for the entire Desert District. The 2014 Fire Restriction Order and a fire restriction area map can be viewed at: 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 during this extremely dry winter. During this period of severe to extreme drought throughout California, we're asking the public to be very careful with fire. Under the current conditions our public lands have the potential for wildfires to spread rapidly and become dangerously large and costly. California is experiencing approximately 25 to 30 percent of normal precipitation. The moisture levels in living shrubs remains at critically low levels. Until rain and snow arrive, the fire danger remains at the very high to extreme level over much of southern California with burning indices and energy release components at or near record levels for this time of year.

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

1)  Make sure you have a five-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 have finished 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: 01-22-2014