BLM Mother Lode Field Office Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions – YubaNet
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office will issue seasonal fire restrictions effective Monday, June 6 for all BLM-managed public lands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada , Placer, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yuba Counties. The seasonal fire restrictions are in addition to the BLM’s statewide fire prevention ordinance and will remain in effect until further notice.
Increased restrictions include no campfires, barbecues or open fires. The public may use an agency-provided fire ring or barbecue at a developed recreation site with a valid California campfire permit. California campfire permits are available free online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/ and at all BLM, US Forest Service and Cal Fire offices.
On average, human-caused wildfires account for 95% of all wildfires in California. “Taking individual responsibility to reduce wildfire risk, while recreating on public lands, around homes and communities before a fire occurs, can help keep property, the public and firefighters.” said Mother Lode field manager Phil D’Amo.
The following fire restrictions will come into effect:
• No campfires, barbecues or open fires, except in serviced campgrounds with a valid campfire permit. Portable gas, gel kerosene, or pressurized liquid fuel stoves are permitted with a valid California campfire permit.
• No target shooting except with a California State hunting license and in accordance with hunting regulations.
• No motorized vehicles or tools powered by an internal combustion engine off designated roads or trails (such as chainsaws or lawn mowers).
• No smoking, except inside a closed vehicle or building, or on a designated recreational site.
• Welding or the use of acetylene or other open-flame torches are prohibited, except with special authorization.
• No use of explosives, except by special authorization.
During the issuance of Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, as determined by the National Weather Service, all campfire use is temporarily suspended to reduce the potential for unintended wildfire ignitions during the event period.
Fire prevention orders for public lands managed by the BLM in the Mother Lode field office are available online. To learn more about how the public can help prevent wildfires, visit www.readyforwildfire.org. A list of fire restrictions on BLM California public lands is available on the fire restrictions website. For specific questions, please contact the local Mother Lode office at 916-941-3101.