Cali Desert District Fire Restrictions

coilover88

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Very important, very common sense, but if you think I am going to leave my permitted campfire and get into my truck for a cigarette you are nuts. Per BLM release:


Release Date:
06/17/16


Contacts:
Stephen Razo, (951) 697-5217, srazo@blm.gov
News Release No. CDD-16-23

BLM Initiates Stage III Fire Restrictions in the California Desert District


MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management has initiated Stage III fire restrictions for BLM lands administered by the California Desert District.

Stage III restrictions state that setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind is prohibited in the designated area. Controlled flame devices, such as portable stoves fueled by petroleum or LPG products, are allowed only by permit. Smoking is only permitted within enclosed vehicles or camp trailers. The possession or use of all fireworks, including "safe and sane," as well as the use of Chinese Lanterns, Floating Sky Lanterns, Fire Balloons or Acetylene Balloons is prohibited.

Due to hot and dry weather conditions with predicted red flag warnings, seasonal fire restrictions are necessary to prevent wildfires on public lands within the CDD. The 2016 Fire Restriction Order and a fire restriction area map can be viewed at: BLM Fire Restrictions, Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office, Bureau of Land Management

The BLM greatly appreciates the public's cooperation in helping to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires. During this period of severe to extreme drought throughout California, we're asking the public to be very careful with fire. California is experiencing approximately 25 to 30 percent of normal precipitation. The moisture levels in living shrubs remains at critically low levels. Until rain and snow arrive, the fire danger remains at the very high to extreme level over much of southern California with burning indices and energy release components at or near record levels for this time of year. Under the current conditions, wildfires on our public lands have the potential to spread rapidly and become dangerously large and costly.

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution when using fire and exercise the following precautions:
1) Make sure you have a five-foot circle cleared around your campfire.
2) Be sure to have a shovel and plenty of water on hand and put the fire DEAD OUT before leaving.
3) Make sure cigarettes or cigars are put out when finished and disposed of properly.
4) Park motor vehicles away from locations where exhaust could cause grass or other combustibles to ignite.

For more information contact any of the following BLM offices: California Desert District Office (951) 697-5200, Barstow Field Office (760) 252-6000, El Centro Field Office (760) 337-4400, Needles Field Office (760) 326-7000, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office (760) 833-7100 or Ridgecrest Field Office (760) 384-5400.




--BLM--
California Desert District 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos Moreno Valley, CA 92553


Last updated: 06-17-2016
 

Bro_Gill

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No problem as long as you accept the bill should your cigarette start a fire and the BLM has to dispatch folks out to extinguish it.
 

coilover88

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Believing in personal responsibility, and having smoked for 40 years without starting a fire, I will accept that.
 

Bro_Gill

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Having worked in the industry and dealing with fires that started by smokers, many don't. Thank you.
 

AZ7000'

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Believing in personal responsibility, and having smoked for 40 years without starting a fire, I will accept that.
Have you taken out a bond against the millions you would owe? I mean the rest of America is "nuts" per your initial post, correct? I mean if smoking a cigarette is that important...

Do you think he could afford the bill BG?
 

Charlietuna

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Funny that Imperial County is included in that....First, who's going to be camping/building a fire this time of year here and second, what the actual f*** is on BLM land in Imperial County that's going to burn? Sand and rocks? Similar to when they decided "fire permits" were needed and then realized that was an exercise in stupidity.

/that said, pick up your damn cigarette butts, smokers. You're habit is disgusting enough, you don't need to add littering to the grossness
 

biffgnar

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I remember the first time i nthe desert I saw somebody put a butt in the back pocket of their jeans. Initial reaction was surpise, but then it suddenly made all the sense in the world.
 

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Funny that Imperial County is included in that....First, who's going to be camping/building a fire this time of year here and second, what the actual I failed high school is on BLM land in Imperial County that's going to burn? Sand and rocks? Similar to when they decided "fire permits" were needed and then realized that was an exercise in stupidity.

/that said, pick up your damn cigarette butts, smokers. You're habit is disgusting enough, you don't need to add littering to the grossness
Kinda like having to have a spark arrester in IV Sand Dunes.
 

Bro_Gill

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Having spent plenty of days fighting fire around the Salton Sea in 120+ degree heat in summers for the last 27 years, there is PLENTY to burn in Imperial County. You folks just don't look for it.

AZ, depends on size. Court restricts cost recovery to actual costs. Amount could range from renting 1 patrol with 1 guy for 1/2 hour to millions spent on planes, staffing, and fire camp, not to mention civil liability for any personal losses by the public. And there is always the death penalty if the fire kills someone.
 
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