BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for NE California, NW Nevada Public Lands

SUSANVILLE,  Calif. July 17, 2017 – The Bureau of Land Management will implement fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Eagle Lake and Applegate field offices in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta and Siskiyou counties in California and in Washoe County, Nevada.   The restrictions go into effect Monday, July 17, and will remain in effect until further notice.

“These seasonal restrictions are designed to help protect public lands and nearby communities from wildfire,” said BLM Applegate Field Manager Craig Drake.   “Dry fuels and high temperatures have significantly increased fire danger and we need to minimize the potential for fire starts.”

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The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and barbecues, except in designated campgrounds and recreation sites.  Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed outside of these posted campgrounds and recreation sites, with a valid California campfire permit.  Visitors should be extremely careful with their use.  Wildland visitors should carry shovels, water and fire extinguishers.

Other restrictions include:

  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated, developed recreation site, or other designated area.
  • No motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off established roads or trails.  Chainsaws equipped with spark arresters may be used until 1 p.m. daily.
  • No possession or use of fireworks, including California fire marshal-approved “safe and sane” devices.

Target shooters may not use incendiary, tracer, steel core, armor-piercing, exploding or incendiary ammunition, or targets made of material that could explode or emit sparks.

For more information, telephone the Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville at (530) 257-0456, the Applegate Field Office in Alturas at (530) 233-4666 or the Surprise Field Station in Cedarville at (530) 279-6101.  Similar fire restrictions are in place for neighboring BLM-managed public lands in northern California and Nevada and some neighboring national forests.  Officials said visitors should check on fire restrictions in areas they plan to visit.