Fire Program

Before you head out this summer, find out if the area you plan to visit has any wildfire activity or fire restrictions:

Meet our Veterans Fire Crew 

A group of firefighters.

Veteran's interested in applying for the firefighting crew:

  1. Check USA Jobs for vacancy announcements and apply online; or
  2. Email a notice of interest to Jerry Martinez, Mother Lode-Hollister Zone Chief, at You will be notified of the application process.

A wildfire blazes out of control.
A combination of overgrown vegetation makes for a highly combustible environment, and potentially catastrophic results from wildfires.

A wildland firefighter monitors a low burning brush fire.
BLM firefighters are trained to use controlled burns to reduce the hazard of a catastropich wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup.

If you fly drones, we can't.  Do not fly drones near wildfires.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's landmark climate report released earlier this year [2014] indicates that for every 1.8 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperatures, wildfire activity is expected to double.

More Information on Climate Change:

The BLM works with other agencies and local communities in California to protect people, property and resources from wildfires.  Coordination is key to meeting this challenge in a state with 38 million people, increasing development in the wildland urban interface and extreme fire conditions.

What can you do?

Protect your home. Create 100 feet of defensible space. Reduce your home's fire danger by taking responsibility today -- find out how.

Bureau of Land Management
California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825-1886
Phone: (916) 978-4400
Fax: (916) 978-4416
TTY/Federal Relay System: (916) 978-4419
Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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