BLM eases some fire restrictions on North Coast public lands

Camp stoves, lanterns again allowed on Lost Coast Trail


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Hikers on a remote coastal trail next to the ocean.

ARCATA, Calif.  –  The Bureau of Land Management has eased some fire restrictions on North Coast public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office, again allowing campfires in developed campgrounds and use of open flame camp stoves and lanterns on the Lost Coast Trail.

Campfires are still prohibited outside of developed campgrounds and recreation sites.  Campfires are not allowed along the Lost Coast Trail.

“Fire danger indicators have retreated significantly from the extremes we were seeing when we issued the no-flame order on Aug. 10,” said Dereck Wilson, manager of the BLM’s Northern California District.  “There is rain in the forecast for the coming weekend, and we expect a return to seasonally normal fall conditions on the coast.  While we feel it is safe to again allow limited campfire and camp stove use, we will keep other seasonal fire restrictions in place until the rainy season begins.”

Fire restrictions remaining in place until further notice include:

  • No smoking, except within enclosed vehicles, buildings or cleared areas in designated recreation sites.
  • No possession or use of fireworks, including California Fire Marshal-approved “safe and sane” devices.
  • No use of motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off of established roads and trails.
  • Target shooting is allowed from a half-hour before sunrise to noon daily.  Incendiary, armor-piercing, tracer, steel core and exploding ammunition is not allowed.  Targets that explode or emit sparks are not allowed.

Chainsaws can be used for firewood cutting until 1 p.m. daily.  They must have functional spark arresters. Camp stoves and lanterns using pressurized, liquid or jellied fuel can be used outside of developed campgrounds.  Users must have a valid California campfire permit available free at

Information on fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands in California is available at, or see updated fire order here.

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.