BLM Bakersfield Field Office Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions – Includes BLM-managed public properties in East Fresno, West Core, Kings and Madera

Canebrake Road / Chimney Creek Road is adjacent to Owens Peak Wilderness and Domeland Wilderness
Photo credit: Jesse Pluim, BLM

May 22, 2021 – BAKERSFIELD, California – The Bureau of Land Management, in close consultation with the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, has issued seasonal fire restrictions on public areas of Bakersfield Field effective Friday May 21 Office managed to be in dry conditions and high risk of forest fire. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the nationwide Fire Safety Ordinance issued on April 28, 2020. This seasonal fire ordinance remains in force until further notice.

The public areas managed by the BLM that are affected by these fire restrictions are in East Fresno counties, West Core counties, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura and Carrizo Plain National Monument, Keysville Special Recreation Management Area. Lake Isabella and San Joaquin River Gorge.

Additional restrictions include no campfires, barbecues, or open fires in or outside of developed campsites. Portable stoves running on gas, gelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted with a valid California campfire permit available free of charge at all BLM, US Forest Service, and Cal Fire offices or at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire- safety / is available. .

On average, human-made forest fires account for 95 percent of all forest fires in California. Many of these forest fires occur in close proximity to roads, communities, and recreational areas and pose a significant public safety hazard. In 2020, approximately 275 forest fires burned nearly 200,000 acres of BLM-managed public land in California. Taking individual responsibility to reduce forest fire risk when restoring public properties, near homes, and communities before a fire occurs can help keep property, the public, and firefighters safe.

The following restrictions will remain in place until the fire hazard subsides:

  • No tools powered by internal combustion engines on BLM designated roads or trails (such as chainsaw generators or ATVs).
  • No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation area or other designated area.
  • No fireworks, including “safe and reasonable” fireworks.
  • Target shooters are not allowed to use incendiary, explosive, tracer, steel core, steel jacket or armored ammunition. No steel targets allowed – hot missile fragments, exploding targets, and metal from recreational shots can set off a forest fire. Shooters who are actively involved in the legal capture / tracking of wild and non-wild species must hold a valid California hunting license and comply with California laws and regulations.
  • No welding or operation of acetylene or other burners with an open flame.

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire safety ordinance may be fined no more than $ 100,000 and / or imprisonment for a maximum of 12 months. Reimbursement of the entire fire fighting and damage costs incurred can be borne by the intruder.

To find out how you can help prevent forest fires, visit www.readyforwildfire.org. A list of fire restrictions in BLM California can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xmUEG. If you have specific questions, please contact the Bakersfield Field Office at 661-391-6000.
Source: BLM

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