BLM to lift fire restrictions on Northeast California public lands
Sept. 17, 2013 — Late summer rains and cooler temperatures have reduced dry conditions and fire dangers in Northeast California’s high desert areas, and the Bureau of Land Management will lift fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field offices effective Thursday, Sept. 19.
When restrictions are eased, campfires can again be used outside of developed campgrounds. Fire permits are required. Restrictions on smoking and use of internal combustion engines off of roads and trails are also lifted. Use of chainsaws after 1 p.m. will again be allowed.
Fire restrictions remain in effect on the neighboring Lassen, Modoc and Plumas national forests because forest fuels, such as large trees, do not respond to increased moisture as quickly as desert vegetation, said Walter Herzog, fire management officer for the BLM.
Even with reduced fire dangers, officials urge outdoor enthusiasts and homeowners to be careful with fire. Campers must fully extinguish campfires when leaving camp, leaving them cold to the touch. Woodcutters must have spark arresters on their chainsaws, and they should carry tools including shovels and fire extinguishers.
Because fire restrictions remain in effect for neighboring national forests and some BLM-managed lands, people planning outdoor activities should check with the nearest Forest Service or BLM office for information on current restrictions.
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