The BLM lifts seasonal fire and target shooting restrictions in California Desert District


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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –The California Desert District has lifted seasonal fire restrictions, effective immediately, to allow campfires and target shooting on BLM-managed public lands in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, southern Inyo, eastern Mono, San Diego, and eastern Kern counties.

“Fire safety is one of our biggest priorities,” said BLM California Desert District Manager Shelly Lynch. “Although the District is lifting seasonal fire restrictions, we still urge the public to be very careful when using fire or participating in recreational target shooting on public lands. The BLM appreciates the public’s cooperation to help minimize the number of human-caused wildfires.”

Easing of fire restrictions means that campfires, barbecues, and gas stoves are allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds. They are available free online at and at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.

Restrictions on smoking and recreational target shooting also have been lifted on BLM-managed public lands within San Diego, eastern Kern, western Riverside, western San Bernardino, and eastern Los Angeles counties.

During Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, as determined by the National Weather Service, all recreational target shooting, and use of campfires will be temporarily suspended to reduce the potential of unintended wildland fire ignitions. Check with the local BLM Field Office for more information on specific locations.

Year-round fire restrictions including the statewide Fire Prevention Order and the California Desert District Year-Round Fire Prevention Order, remain in place for all BLM-managed public lands in California. Year-round fire restrictions provide a year-round campfire permit requirement, maintaining a five-foot diameter clearance around campfires, guidance for extinguishing campfires on BLM-managed public lands in California, and prohibit the possession and use of steel jacketed or steel core ammunition for recreational target shooting. All campfires and recreational shooting is prohibited during any Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch.

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution when using fire and to follow these precautions:

  • Always have a five-foot circle cleared around your campfire.
  • Always have a shovel and plenty of water on hand and put your campfire DEAD OUT, before leaving.
  • Never use steel targets, steel jacketed or steel core ammunition for recreational shooting as they are more likely to cause a fire.
  • Always park vehicles away from areas where exhaust could cause grass or other combustibles to ignite.

An interactive map and list of fire restrictions throughout BLM California, are available at For alternative recreational target shooting locations visit

Additional information about wildfires is on CAL FIRE’s website at

For more BLM information about wildfire prevention, please contact the California Desert District Office at 951-697-5200; Barstow Field Office at 760-252-6000; El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400; Needles Field Office at 760-326-7000; Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office at 760-833-7100; or Ridgecrest Field Office at 760-384-5400.

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.