Fire Closures and Fire Restrictions

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BLM California Fire Restrictions

 

 

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This map displays the status of fire restrictions within BLM district and field office boundaries. Click on an area to see a pop-up box with additional information. On the map legend, characteristics will become visible as the map is zoomed in.

BLM California fire restrictions or temporary public land closures are used to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect the public. Often times these preventative measures focus on human-related activities, such as campfires, off-road driving, equipment use and recreational target shooting, since human-related activities are the number one cause of a wildfires.  

Target shooting and other fire restrictions remain in effect for some areas of BLM-managed public lands in California. Find specific restrictions by field office below. Restrictions on target shooting do not prevent hunting with a valid hunting license, as hunting on BLM public lands is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Please visit https://wildlife.ca.gov/hunting for more information.


Northern California District

 

Applegate Field Office

 

Arcata Field Office

 

Eagle Lake Field Office

 

Redding Field Office

Central California District

Please note: Fire restriction orders remain in effect for months and are valid until rescinded. Many regions are under fire restrictions that include temporary target shooting limitations, please read the news release for more information. ​

Some recreation areas have year-round fire restrictions, such as the South Yuba Wild & Scenic River Recreation Area, which is managed by the Mother Lode Field Office. Visit https://www.blm.gov/visit/south-yuba-river for more information. 

Wood cutting permits are only available seasonally, typically from mid-October to mid-June, depending on conditions. Please contact your nearest field office for specific information.

 

Bakersfield Field Office

 

Bishop Field Office

 

Central Coast Field Office

 

Mother Lode Field Office

 

Ukiah Field Office

California Desert District

Throughout the entire year all BLM-managed public lands within the California Desert District will be considered to be in Stage I Restrictions. View California Desert District stage definitions.

Barstow Field Office

 

El Centro Field Office

 

Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

 

Needles Field Office

 

Ridgecrest Field Office

BLM California issues statewide Fire Prevention Order

A state-wide Fire Prevention Order addresses wildfire safety measures for use of campfires outside of developed campgrounds and complements state and local wildfire prevention laws, regulations, and activities. Under this order, the public is required to follow these criteria before building, attending, maintaining, or using a campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, outside of a developed campground: 

  • maintain a five-foot diameter area cleared to bare soil and free of any overhead flammable materials in all directions around the campfire, 
  • have on hand a functioning round-point shovel, with an overall length of at least 35 inches, that can be easily accessed within a reasonable amount of time in response to a fire ignition, 
  • possess a valid California Campfire Permit, available free of charge https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/

Additional seasonal fire restrictions may be issued by local BLM offices based on conditions, as necessary. This statewide Fire Prevention Order does not supersede local BLM fire orders or federal regulations. View the full order at: https://on.doi.gov/2YegKJF 

Some additional restrictions are relatively minor and can apply year-round, while others are temporary restrictions or closures. When there is high potential for extreme fire behavior, fire restrictions are often not enough to reduce the risk and temporary public land closures may be issued. BLM's criteria for when and how to issue fire restrictions and closures can vary, but often includes: 

  • Current wildfire activity 
  • Firefighting resources available 
  • Predicted fire potential (increasing fire size and severity based on conditions) 
  • Current and expected visitor use (increasing risk) 
  • Activities commonly known to cause wildfires (based on statistics and research)