Bureau of Land Management eases seasonal restrictions on fires in eastern Sierra

BISHOP, Calif .– The Bureau of Land Management has relaxed seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office in the Eastern Sierra, with immediate effect, due to cooler weather and danger of d more moderate forest fire. The updated fire prevention order lifts the ban on open flames to allow campfires only in serviced campgrounds. Seasonal restrictions remain in effect until further notice and are in addition to the statewide fire prevention order, issued April 28, 2020.

The public lands managed by BLM and subject to these fire restrictions stretch south of the Owens Valley in Inyo County, north of Lake Topaz and the Nevada border in Mono County. These fire restrictions also apply to popular recreation areas operated by BLM in the region, including the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, Inyo Mountains Wilderness, Volcanic Tableland, Long Valley, Adobe Valley, Mono Basin, Bodie Hills. , Bridgeport Valley and Slinkard Valley. BLM’s seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra region are being relaxed in close coordination with the Cal Fire San Bernardino / Inyo / Mono Unit, the Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

The following restrictions will remain in place:

  • No campfires, barbecues or open fires, except in a ring of fire or a fire pit specially provided for this purpose in the following developed campgrounds: Tuttle Creek, Goodale Creek, Horton Creek, Crowley Lake and Pleasant Valley Pit. Portable stoves using gas, gelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit available free of charge at any BLM, US Forest Service and Cal Fire office or at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/. Campfires at serviced recreation sites are not permitted during National Weather Service red flag warnings and fire weather watches.
  • Prohibition on operating or using an internal combustion engine outside of roads or trails designated by BLM (such as chainsaws, generators or ORVs).
  • Smoking is prohibited except inside a closed vehicle or RV, or when stationary / standing in a designated serviced campground with a three foot diameter area that is sterile or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.
  • Target shooters cannot use Incendiary, Explosive, Tracer, Steel-Core, Steel-sheathed, or Armor-piercing ammunition. No steel targets are allowed – hot bullet fragments, explosive targets, and metal from recreational fire can start a forest fire. Hunters actively engaged in the legal pursuit and capture of both game and non-game species must have a valid California hunting license and comply with California laws and regulations.
  • No welding, use of acetylene or other open flame torch.

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention order can be fined up to $ 100,000 and / or up to 12 months in jail. Full compensation for fire extinguishing costs and damage incurred may be the responsibility of the intruder.

To find out how you can do your part to prevent forest fires, visit www.readyforwildfire.org. An interactive map and list of fire restrictions throughout BLM California are available at https://go.usa.gov/xmUEG. For specific questions, please contact the Bishop regional office at 760-872-5000.