Fires restrictions begin Saturday in areas managed by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management announced that, beginning Saturday, fire restrictions will be in effect for public lands managed by its Mother Lode Field Office.

The restrictions are needed because of unseasonably dry fuel and fire danger throughout central California, according to Jerry Martinez, BLM fire management officer.

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, from Yuba County in the north to Mariposa County in the south.

“A wildfire under these conditions could pose a serious threat to public land visitors and resources, and adjacent private lands and communities,” Martinez said in a written statement.

Campfires and barbecues are limited to designated fire rings in designated campgrounds. Portable stoves and gas, jellied petroleum or pressured liquid fuel are authorized without a valid California campfire permit, but people are asked to be extremely careful when using them, and to carry a shovel and water at all times.

Other restrictions include:

▪ No operation of 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 those that are “safe and sane.”

For more information regarding fire restrictions, call the Mother Lode Field Office at (916) 941-3101.