BLM Redding Field Office temporarily suspends recreational target shooting

REDDING, Calif. –  The Bureau of Land Management is temporarily suspending permission for recreational target shooting on public lands managed by its Redding Field Office in Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Butte and Siskiyou counties.  This includes the popular Iron Mountain shooting area in west Redding.

The ban on recreational shooting does not apply to hunters participating in hunting seasons and areas established by the state of California.

“Because of the extraordinary fire season we are now experiencing, we have to take all steps possible to prevent accidental wildfires,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office.  “We will again allow recreational target shooting when fire dangers ease.”

The temporary shooting ban is part of an amended fire restriction order banning all use of open flame, including campfires, barbecues, portable stoves and other devices on all BLM-managed public lands in California.  The Redding fire order is available here:

Recreation areas, including trails, managed by the Redding Field Office remain open to the public.

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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