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June 23, 2017 – EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will initiate fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office effective June 23. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

“Research continues to show that the public can expect to see longer fire seasons, bigger wildfire, and more extreme fire behavior,” says Mother Lode Field Manager William Haigh. “The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities it serves, and that is why I am taking these fire prevention steps now to help minimize risk to the public, property, and our wildland firefighters.”

All campfires and barbecues are limited to fire rings in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves with gas, jellied petroleum or pressured liquid fuel are authorized with a valid California campfire permit. Visitors should, however, be extremely careful with their use and should carry shovels and water to help put out fire.

Other fire safety restrictions include:

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Do not operate tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads or trails.
No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated developed recreation site, or other designated areas.
No motorized vehicles off established roads or trails.
No shooting using incendiary, tracer, steel core or armor piercing ammunition.
No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.
The Mother Lode Field Office manages approximately 230,000 acres of public land in 14 central California counties. Most of the acreage is within the historic Mother Lode region of the Sierra Nevada Range, from Yuba County to Mariposa County.

For more information, contact the Mother Lode Field Office at (916) 941-3101.