BLM lifts some fire restrictions on public lands in NW California
REDDING, Calif. – With the return of fall weather and rain, the Bureau of Land Management has eased some fire restrictions on public lands managed by its Arcata and Redding field offices in Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Butte, Tehama and Siskiyou counties.
Easing of fire restrictions means that campfires are again allowed. Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds. They are available free online at ReadyForWildfire.org and at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.
The Redding Field Office hours restriction for target shooting has also been lifted. Shooting is allowed all day.
“Even though we’ve had rain, people still need to be careful with fire,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office. “Fires should never be used on windy days, and it is imperative that campers fully extinguish campfires before leaving a campsite.”
Year-found fire restrictions remain in place for BLM-managed public lands in California. These restrictions require 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. 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 Arcata Field Office, 707-825-2300, or the Redding Field Office, 530 224-2100. Find a listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.