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 Friday, June 4. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the BLM’s year-round statewide fire prevention order.
“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, and we must take all precautions possible to prevent wildfires.”
The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and barbecues, except in the Forks of Butte, Junction City, Steel Bridge, and Douglas City campgrounds, and in the Shasta and Bohemotash 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 liquid fuel 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 California Fire Marshal-approved “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 punishable by a fine up to $100,000, up to 12 months in jail, or both. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs may be borne by the trespasser.
For more information, telephone the Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100.
Information on preventing wildfires is available at www.readyforwildfire.org.
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.