Fire permits requried again
Got this from the District 37 site:
For Release: May 16, 2006
Contact: Doran Sanchez (951) 697-5220; E-mail: [email protected]
BLM Implements Stage I Fire Restrictions for the California Desert District
It is that time of year again when rising temperatures combined with dry vegetation warrant the issuance of permits for campfires and barbecues throughout the California desert region. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today implemented "Stage I" fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands within the California Desert District (CDD).
The 2006 seasonal assessment from the National Interagency Fire Center states the following prediction for the California desert region, "Recent increase in late season precipitation has resulted in a prediction of a later start of the fire season across the southern California deserts. As conditions become hot and dry towards the end of May and into June, fire activity will begin to rapidly increase. Lingering grass growth from the previous year has combined with this years green-up to created hazardous fire conditions in many areas of the desert."
Last year, fire activity was at an all-time high with number of acres burned throughout the California desert. Fires related to human activity was the leading cause for over 342 fires in 2005 in the desert region. The CDD encompasses 25 million acres within southern California of which 11.5 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM
Effective May 15, Stage I restrictions require that all campfires and barbecues are allowed with a permit that can be obtained at all BLM field offices, fire or ranger stations and patrol personnel. Stage I general area of influence includes BLM lands north and east of the Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland national forests.
All BLM-managed lands within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties, designated as "state responsibility areas" (SRA) shall be in "Stage II" fire restriction. These areas are the more urbanized regions south and west of the national forests. Stage II level prohibits campfire and barbecues outside developed recreation sites. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves are allowed by permit.
Any person convicted of knowingly or willfully violating a fire prevention order can be fined up to $1,000, receive up to 12 months in jail, or both. That person also is liable for the cost of damages and suppression of the wildfire.
"We are asking the public's help to prevent potentially disastrous wildfires throughout southern California," added Steve Borchard, district manager for CDD. "BLM will be making a strong effort to get the word out about fire prevention and public safety - we must work together."
For more information or to obtain a permit contact the BLM's California Desert District Office at (951) 697-5220 or local field offices in Barstow (760) 252-6000, El Centro (760) 337-4400, Needles (760) 326-7000, Palm Springs-South Coast (760) 251-4800 or Ridgecrest (760) 384-5400.
May 20th, 2006 14:41
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