BLM announces seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by Redding Field Office
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management will implement fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Redding Field Office in Shasta, Siskiyou, Butte, Trinity and Tehama counties, beginning Monday, July 1. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
“We are implementing these seasonal restrictions to help protect public lands and nearby communities from wildfire,” said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata. “The National Interagency Fire Center predicts the likelihood for large wildland fires will be above normal this summer. An unusually wet winter has produced an abundant grass crop, which has already cured or dried out in our area. These heavy fuel loads have a high potential for creating extreme wildland fire behavior.”
The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and barbecues, except in the Forks of Butte, Junction City, Steel Bridge, Douglas City campgrounds, and in the Shasta and Bohemotash primitive campgrounds within the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed outside of these posted campgrounds and recreation sites, with a valid California campfire permit. Visitors should be extremely careful with their use. Free campfire permits are available online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/ and at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.
Other restrictions include:
- No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated, developed recreation site, or other designated area.
- No motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off established roads or trails. Chainsaws equipped with functioning spark arresters may be used for personal use firewood cutting until 1 p.m. daily.
- No possession or use of fireworks, including “safe and sane” devices.
Target shooters may not use incendiary, exploding, tracer, steel core or armor-piercing ammunition, or targets made of material that could explode or emit sparks. Target shooting will be allowed from a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily. Shooters must have shovels or fire extinguishers on hand.
BLM officials noted that violations of fire restrictions are be punishable by a fine up to $1,000, 12 months in jail, or both.
For more information, telephone the Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100. Information on fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands across California is available online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions.
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.