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Central California District
Release Date: 05/22/14
Contacts: David Christy, (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CC-14-42

BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Lands Managed by Bakersfield Field Office

Due to high fire danger, fire restrictions are in effect until further notice for Bureau of Land Management public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office.

The restrictions cover all 612,000 acres managed by BLM in Kern, Tulare, Fresno, King, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Portable stoves with gas, jellied petroleum or pressured liquid fuel are authorized with a valid California campfire permit, but the public is asked to be extremely careful with their use and carry a shovel and water at all times.

Other restrictions include:
  • No tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads or trails.
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated developed recreation site, or other designated areas.
  • No motorized vehicles off established roads or trails.
  • No shooting using incendiary, tracer, steel core or armor piercing ammunition.
  • No fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except by special permit.
  • No use of explosives, except by special permit.
The BLM advises homeowners to "Take Responsibility"and keep 100 feet of clean, open space around their homes to provide defensible space and improve the chance that their homes and families can be saved in an uncontrolled wildfire.
For further information on the fire restrictions, contact the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office at (661) 391-6000.


Central California District   5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 9576  

Last updated: 05-22-2014