REDDING, Calif. June 21, 2018 – The Bureau of Land Management will implement fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Redding Field Office in Shasta, Siskiyou, Butte, Trinity and Tehama counties, beginning Thursday, June 28. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
“We are implementing these seasonal restrictions to help protect public lands and nearby communities from wildfire,” said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata. “Dry fuels and high temperatures have significantly increased fire danger, and we need to minimize the potential for fire starts.”
The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and barbecues, except in the Forks of Butte, Shasta, Bohemotash, Junction City, Steel Bridge, Douglas City, Chappie-Shasta and Steiner Flat campgrounds. 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 and water. To obtain a California campfire permit, visit http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/. Campfire permits are available free at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.
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 “safe and sane” devices.
Target shooters may not use incendiary, tracer, steel core or armor-piercing ammunition, or targets made of material that could explode or emit sparks. Target shooting will be allowed from a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily. Shooters must have shovels or fire extinguishers on hand.
BLM officials noted that violations of fire restrictions are be punishable by a fine up to $1,000, 12 months in jail, or both.
For more information, telephone the Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100. Information on fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands across California is available online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions.