Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield issues fire prevention order

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – With dry conditions in Kern County, the Bakersfield Land Management Office issued a fire prevention order.

The ordinance prohibits:

  • No campfires, barbecues or open fires except in a serviced campground. Portable gas, gel kerosene, or pressurized liquid fuel stoves are permitted with a valid California campfire permit available free of charge at any BLM, US Forest Service, and CAL FIRE office, or at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/.
  • No motorized vehicles off BLM designated roads or trails.
  • No tools powered by internal combustion engines off BLM designated roads or trails (such as chainsaws or lawn mowers).
  • No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or on a developed recreation site or other designated areas.
  • Do not weld or use acetylene or other open flame torches.

The ordinance also includes limits on the use of certain firearms, prohibiting the possession or use of any steel-jacketed ammunition.

The ordinance applies to all public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and is due to take effect Monday, May 23.

“The fire restrictions primarily affect public lands managed by the BLM within the jurisdiction of the Bakersfield field office (in East Fresno, West Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties, including Carrizo Plain National Monument, Keysville Special Recreation Management Area, Lake Isabella and San Joaquin River Gorge) and the Central Coast Field Office (in western Fresno, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz, including the hills of Panoche, Tumey and Griswold).”

A list of fire restrictions in BLM California is available at http://ow.ly/RQVm50JcYrV. For specific questions, please contact the Bakersfield field office at 661-391-6000 or the Central Coast field office at 831-582-2200.