BLM Eases Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in NE Calif., NW Nevada

A pond in a range land area.REDDING, Calif. – With the return of cool, fall weather, the Bureau of Land Management has rescinded some fire restrictions on public lands in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in northeast California and in a portion of Washoe County in far northwest Nevada.

Easing of fire restrictions means that campfires are again allowed. Campfire permits are required for campfires outside of developed campgrounds on BLM-managed lands in California. They are available free online at and at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.

“Even though we are experiencing fall weather conditions, people using public lands still need to be careful with all uses of fire,” said Dereck Wilson, associate manager of the BLM’s Northern California District.  “Campers should always keep campfires small and fully extinguish them when leaving a campsite.”

Year-found fire restrictions remain in place for BLM-managed public lands in California. These restrictions required that a five-foot diameter area must be cleared to bare soil and be free of overhead flammable material before a campfire is used. Anyone using a campfire must have a round point shovel with a handle at least 35-inches-long nearby.

The restrictions also prohibit possession or use of fireworks on public lands. Target shooters may not use incendiary, steel core or exploding ammunition, or exploding targets. 

More information about use of fire on public lands is available from the BLM Applegate Field Office, 530-233-4666 or the Eagle Lake Field Office, 530-257-0456. Find a listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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