BLM Mother Lode Field Office lifts seasonal fire restrictions

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. December 4, 2019 – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is lifting its seasonal fire restrictions at 9 a.m., Dec. 5, on approximately 230,000-acres of public lands, due to reduced wildland fire potential.

The lifting of fire restrictions apply to all or portions of 14 central California counties on public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties. The lifting of restrictions also affects BLM recreational areas along the American, Merced, Mokelumne, South Yuba and Tuolumne rivers. Fire restrictions were originally initiated on June 14.

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The public is reminded to remain cautious when recreating on public lands to prevent a wildfire. For more information, visit readyforwildfire.org/Prevent-Wildfire/. Safety tips include not driving a vehicle onto dry grass or brush; carrying a fire extinguisher, shovel and bucket of water; and getting a permit for any campfire or use of portable gas stoves. California campfire permits are available for free at all BLM, CAL FIRE and Forest Service offices and online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits.

Recreational target shooters are reminded that hot bullet fragments and exploding targets can spark a wildfire. Tracer round ammunition and incendiary devices are not allowed on BLM-managed public lands. Consider using paper targets to eliminate sparks. Recreational target shooters are required to pack out all spent shells, brass and targets. Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, can be held responsible for fire suppression and repair costs. More information on safe recreational target shooting is available on the BLM website at https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/recreation-programs/recreational-shooting. Detailed maps of public lands are available for purchase at the Mother Lode Field Office during regular business hours.

The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities it serves, providing opportunities for economic growth with space for traditional uses such as ranching, mining and energy development, and recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing.

Homeowners are reminded to keep 100 feet of clean open space around their homes to provide defensible space. For specific questions, please call the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.