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Dry conditions lead BLM to impose new fire restrictions

Citing extremely dry conditions, the federal Bureau of Land Management this week announced new fire restrictions on public lands managed by its Mother Lode Field Office.

These restrictions prohibit all open fires on public lands, including campfires in campgrounds. Officials said restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Affected are lands managed by the BLM in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter and Mariposa counties.

Campers are advised to familiarize themselves with special limitations before visiting public lands in these counties. A valid California campfire permit is required for lanterns and portable stoves. Campfire permits are available free of charge at any BLM, Forest Service, or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection office.

Restrictions that apply:

▪ No open fires, campfires or open fire stoves, except lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.

▪ No welding or use of any torch with an open flame, except by special permit.

▪ No use of explosives, except by special permit.

▪ No operating internal combustion engines, expect on maintained roads.

▪ No firing tracers or incendiary devices capable of starting a fire.

▪ No fireworks.

Violations are punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year in jail.

For more information, call the BLM’s Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

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