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California Fire Restrictions

The BLM, a leader in the nation’s management of wildland fire, carries out a broad range of actions to protect the public, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, and other values and resources. 

Northern California District

Central California District

California Desert District

Fire Restrictions

Fire restrictions have been lifted for public lands in California Desert District's northern and southern fire zone.  The following year-round restrictions are still in effect:


Year-round Fire Restrictions

The following year-round restrictions apply to all public lands within the California Desert District regardless of stage restrictions. They include:


The use or possession of fireworks, including “safe and sane” is prohibited on all public lands of the California Desert District.

Firearms and ammunition:

The possession or discharge of a firearm using incendiary, tracer, steel core, or armor piercing ammunition is prohibited on all public lands of the California Desert District.


No person shall burn, ignite, or cause to burn any tire, petroleum product, wires, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive materials.

Spark arresters:

All off-road vehicles operated on public lands must be equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (C) and California Vehicle Code 38366 (a), or the 80% efficiency level standard determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAEs) recommended practices J335 or J350.

Campfire restrictions:

Campfire permits are required on BLM managed lands within the California Desert District. Fuel controlled (on/off switch) portable cooking stoves also required a permit. When building a campfire the public must take precautions to contain the fire to a small area. Campfire permits can be obtained from any BLM office in California or online.