Bureau of Land Management lifts most central California seasonal fire restrictions


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Camp site with ramada and picnic table. Photo by Jesse Pluim, BLM.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management is lifting most seasonal fire restrictions, effective immediately, to allow campfires and target shooting on public lands managed by the Bishop, Central Coast, Mother Lode and Ukiah field offices in central California.

The easing of seasonal fire restrictions applies to BLM-managed public lands located primarily in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, western Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Lake, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties. BLM seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra Region are being eased in close coordination with the Cal Fire San Bernardino/Inyo/Mono Unit, the Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. Year-round statewide fire restrictions, issued on April 28, 2020, remain in effect.

“We are pleased that cooler weather and moderate wildfire danger conditions allow for easing of fire restrictions, however it is important to remember it takes all of us to prevent wildland fire,” said Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “Please use caution when lighting a campfire on public lands and ensure the flame is dead out before breaking camp.”

As a reminder, target shooters may not use incendiary, exploding, tracer, steel core, steel jacketed or armor piercing ammunition. No steel targets allowed – hot bullet fragments, exploding targets and metal from recreational shooting can spark a wildland fire. Recreationists are encouraged to stay in developed campgrounds. A complete list is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xeTxT.  

Outdoor enthusiasts should avoid BLM-managed public lands that have been burned in this year’s wildland fires. Please remember, the Mother Lode Field Office has closed the Rocky Bar Road, west of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, due to impacts from the Caldor Fire. The public is advised, while the ground may look flat, burned tree roots can give way causing holes. Burned soils are sensitive to erosion and the landscape will take time to heal.

The BLM cares for more than one of every 10 acres of land in the United States. These public lands are every American’s birthright, and we are dedicated to protecting and sustaining that heritage for generations to come. The public plays a valuable role in wildland fire prevention, please Recreate Responsibly.

The public can obtain a valid California campfire permit free at all BLM, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire offices. To learn how you can do your part to prevent wildland fires, visit www.readyforwildfire.org. An interactive map and listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California is available at https://go.usa.gov/xmUEG. For specific questions, please contact your nearest BLM Field Office.


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.