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BLM modifies fire restrictions for public lands in Central California

Camp Fire death toll grows to 71
Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 19:50:41-04

Effective Friday, the Bureau of Land Management Central California District modified fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands to accommodate variable conditions across the District. The changes reinstate seasonal fire restrictions issued by field offices, which allow campfires within designated campgrounds and recreational target shooting in some areas.

Seasonal fire restrictions vary by field office based on specific criteria related to wildland fire risk.

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice and are in addition to the year-round statewide Fire Prevention Order issued on April 28.

The modifications include:

Bakersfield and Mother Lode Field Offices: No campfires, barbecues, or open fires are allowed.

Bishop, Central Coast and Ukiah Field Offices: No campfires, barbecues, or open fires are allowed, except within approved fire pits and grills in developed recreation sites with a valid California campfire permit.

California campfire permits are available free at BLM, U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices, or here.

Central Coast, Mother Lode and Ukiah Field Offices: Recreational target shooting remains temporarily suspended until further notice.

Bakersfield and Bishop Field Offices: Target shooting is generally allowed, if it is done in a safe manner, without damaging natural resources or improvements.

The following areas remain closed to target shooting: Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area and t Kaweah Area of Critical Environmental Concern, which includes Case Mountain.

Hunting is allowed on BLM-managed public lands by individuals with a valid State of California hunting license and who are actively engaged in the legal take or pursuit of game and non-game species in accordance with current California hunting regulations.

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention order may be fined up to $100,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs incurred may be borne by the trespasser.