BLM Bishop Field Office eases seasonal fire restrictions effective today
BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is easing seasonal fire restrictions effective today on all BLM-managed public lands extending from the southern Owens Valley in Inyo County, north to Topaz Lake and the Nevada border in Mono County. The order rescinding the fire restrictions can be found here. The California statewide Fire Prevention Order remains in effect year-round.
The eased restrictions affect popular BLM-managed recreational areas in the region, including the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, Inyo Mountains Wilderness, Volcanic Tableland, Long Valley, Adobe Valley, Mono Basin, Bodie Hills, Bridgeport Valley and Slinkard Valley.
“Public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites, said Bishop Field Manager Sherri Lisius. “However, we want to remain vigilant, and all do our part to prevent wildfires. Target shooting is generally allowed in these areas if it is done safely and without littering or damaging natural resources or infrastructure.”
Visitors are encouraged to check weather conditions for Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches to avoid campfires and target shooting in hot, dry and windy conditions. Recreational target shooters are required to pack out all spent shells, brass and targets. More information on safe recreational target shooting is available on the BLM website.
The public is reminded to remain cautious and practice good fire safety to help prevent wildland fires when recreating on public lands. Good fire-prevention safety tips include keeping vehicles off dry grass or brush; carrying a fire extinguisher, shovel and water; and getting a permit for any campfire or use of portable gas stoves. California campfire permits are required and are available online.
Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, can be held responsible for fire suppression and repair costs. For more information about fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands, visit the California Fire Information and Fire Restrictions website, or call the BLM Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000, or email BLM_CA_Web_BI@blm.gov.
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.