BLM reduces fire and shooting restrictions in areas of the California Desert District

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Michelle Van Der Linden

BLM fire engine in the desert. Photo by the BLM.MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – Effective immediately, the Bureau of Land Management has reduced fire restrictions in some areas of public lands in Southern California managed by the California Desert District. 

“Even though fire restrictions have been reduced for some areas of the California Desert District, fire safety is still our biggest priority,” said BLM California Desert District Manager Andrew Archuleta. “The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. It’s important to be very careful when using fire or participating in recreational shooting on public lands. Under the right conditions, wildfires can start easily, spread rapidly, and become dangerous quickly.”

Areas in the BLM’s California Desert District previously designated Stage II fire restrictions have been redesignated to Stage I fire restrictions. These areas include public lands managed by the California Desert District in Imperial and eastern Mono Counties and portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, southern Inyo, and Kern counties. In areas under Stage I restrictions:

  • Campfires, barbecues and gas stoves are allowed with a valid California campfire permit.
  • Smoking is allowed.
  • Recreational target shooting is allowed if utilizing ammunition other than steel jacketed or steel core, unless there is a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch for the area.

Stage III fire restrictions will remain in place for portions of eastern Los Angeles, western San Bernardino, western Riverside, southern Inyo, southern Kern counties, and all of Orange and San Diego counties. 

Recreational target shooting remains temporarily prohibited in most Stage III designated areas on BLM-managed public lands in southern Kern, western Riverside, western San Bernardino, eastern Los Angeles and all of San Diego and Orange counties. Check with the local Field Office for more information on specific locations.

During Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, as determined by the National Weather Service, all recreational shooting and use of campfires, regardless of stage restrictions, will be temporarily suspended to reduce the potential of unintended wildland fire ignitions. 

This order will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2020 unless terminated sooner. Early termination of this order could occur if there is a substantial reduction in the fire danger in the areas under Stage III restrictions. 

The BLM greatly appreciates the public’s cooperation in helping to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires. The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution when using fire and to follow these precautions:

1)  Make sure to have a five-foot circle cleared around a campfire.

2)  Have a shovel and plenty of water on hand and put the fire DEAD OUT before leaving. 

3)  Recreational target shooters are encouraged to carry a fire extinguisher. 

4)  Park motor vehicles away from locations where exhaust could cause grass or other combustibles to ignite.

Specific descriptions of fire restrictions, a fire restrictions map, and a copy of the fire order is available at An interactive map and listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California are available at To obtain a valid free California Campfire Permit, visit  For alternative recreational target shooting locations visit To learn how you can prevent wildfires visit You can also find additional information about wildfires on CAL FIRE’s Website at

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

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention order may be fined up to $100,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs incurred may be borne by the trespasser.

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.