The BLM Central Coast Field Office lifts fire restrictions


Bureau of Land Management

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MARINA, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office is lifting its seasonal fire restrictions on November 7 on approximately 300,000 acres of public land due to reduced wildland fire potential. The easing of seasonal fire restrictions applies to public lands managed by the Central Coast Field Office in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stanislaus counties. Seasonal fire restrictions were initiated on May 23. Fire order can be found here.

“Public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites,” said Acting Central Coast Field Manager Shekeetah Allen Genoway. “However, we want to remain vigilant, and all do our part to prevent wildfires.”

The temporary suspension on recreational target shooting also lifts on November 7 and coincides with the reopening of Panoche and Tumey Hills recreation areas to vehicle access. Target shooting continues to be generally allowed if it is done in a safe manner and without damaging natural resources or improvements. Shooting is strictly prohibited in developed recreation sites and other areas where posted. Visitors are encouraged to check weather conditions for Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches to avoid 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 available free online or at the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices. Be advised, some Bureau of Land Management lobbies and public rooms are closed to in-person visits.

For more information on preventing wildfires and additional tips for keeping campfires and target shooting safe, visit or call the Central Coast Field Office at 831-582-2200. The field office can also provide additional information on public lands available for target shooting.

Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, can be held responsible for fire suppression and repair costs.

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.