BLM Mother Lode Field Office Recreation Maintenance Worker Joshua Haggett wrapping a fire ring as part of increased fire restrictions

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. July 10, 2018 – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is increasing fire restrictions and temporary target shooting limitations to Stage 2 for BLM-managed public lands effective July 13, due to high fire danger.

Stage 2 includes the additional restriction of no campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless if you are in a developed campground, other than portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel with a valid California campfire permit, available at BLM field offices and at

The 14 counties affected by these fire restrictions and temporary target shooting limitations in California are on BLM-managed public lands in the Sierra Nevada foothills: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties. Fire and shooting restrictions will also affect BLM-managed recreational areas along the American, Merced, Mokelumne, South Yuba and Tuolumne rivers.

Central California is already experiencing an active wildland fire year with low relative humidity, erratic winds, and above normal temperatures. It is estimated that nearly 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are caused by humans. The public is advised to be extremely careful when recreating outdoors and do the following: carry a shovel and water at all times, and check weather forecasts and fire danger ratings before leaving home. The following restrictions/limitations will remain in place until fire dangers subside:

  • No campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless if you are in a developed campground. Portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are authorized with a valid California campfire permit.
  • No shooting, use of firearms for hunting is still allowed.
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated developed recreation site.
  • No tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads or trails (chainsaws or lawn mowers).
  • No motorized vehicles off established roads or trails.
  • No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except by special permit.
  • No use of explosives, except by special permit.

For information on how to prevent wildfires, visit For specific questions, contact the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

6 replies on “BLM Mother Lode Field Office increases fire restrictions”

  1. Dear Author,
    I have enjoyed your articles and comments immensely. However, can you write an article on “How the State of California protects the citizens of the state of California and visitors to these areas with fire, health and liability insurance?” As a citizen or visitor or taxpayer we are always asked to pay a fee to enter parks and to pay for our own insurance and even pay for the lodgings and restaurants which are run by the National Parks Service or the State of California Park Service or the East Bay Regional Parks Service, etc. Let me tell you, the taxpayers have paid their taxes to fund these Park Institutions including the lodging and restaurants. We demand better service from these overpaid rangers and administrators. We want the management improved so that we are
    able to enjoy our Parks without a yearly warning and “shouted alerts about the Fire Seasons”. I personally vote against projects such as “A Dam Makeover”. These modern engineers are “incapable” and “stupid”. Please add my name as a Legal Assistant who is challenging the “current rash of lame brain projects” which are clearly just plain stupid and ill planned. Sincerely, Mary Kate Ivanetich

    1. If you look at the byline you’ll see this is a news release from BLM, specifically the Motherlode Field Office.

    2. Harsh comments for a service that is provided for free that many of us depend on for our safety. I am proud to say Thank You to for their service to the public. Lawyers and Legal Assistents are too quick to judge and sue in my opinion. Always looking for a buck

  2. Dearest Author, Please forward your articles and comment for legal consideration.
    sincerely, M.K.I. Legal Assistant

  3. BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management Please forward my comments to start an investigation of the incorrect use of insurance by the State of California. Let’s see some reports about the “Improving conditions in the Parks” and “Improved fire detection and fire eradication systems”.

    Sincerely, Legal Assistant for Judge Gregg Wheatland M.K.I.

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