BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Lands Managed by Central Coast Field Office



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David Christy

MARINA, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management has placed precautionary fire restrictions on certain public lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office. No vehicles, campfires or open flames are allowed on BLM lands in the Panoche, Griswold, Tumey and Ciervo Hills located in southeastern San Benito county, effective April 15, 2016.

BLM Fire Management Battalion Chief Michael Chiodini says the restrictions are needed due to dry fuels and fire danger in southeastern San Benito County. "Nine out of 10 wildfires are human caused and a wildfire under these conditions could pose a serious threat to visitors, adjacent private lands and communities," said Chiodini.

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 protected in an uncontrolled wildfire.

For further information on the fire restrictions, contact the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office at (831) 582-2221.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.