New fire restrictions on BLM land
A fear of fire continues to fuel official actions to stop it in Nevada County.
Now because of extreme dry conditions, the Bureau of Land Management has placed additional restrictions on public use of all BLM-managed public lands in Sierra counties. Included is a total ban on all open campfires.
Much of the land is in the South Yuba and Bear River watersheds. Other BLM-managed public lands included are in Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, and Yuba counties.
The reason for the additional restrictions is the extraordinary dryness of vegetation. “Fuel moisture levels are lower than I’ve ever seen them at this time of year,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Ken Hood.
The conditions caused the Tahoe National Forest to impose tighter fire restrictions just last week.
Hood urged campers and other outdoor users to be familiar with special limitations prior to visiting any public lands in these counties. The additional fire restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Earlier restrictions in effect include:
– A valid California campfire permit is required for all fires. Campfire permits are available free of charge at any BLM, Forest Service, or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Office.
– Motor vehicles are restricted to designated roads and trails.
– No smoking, except inside an enclosed vehicle or designated fire-safe area.
Violations are punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year in jail. For additional information contact BLM’s Folsom Field Office at 916-985-4474, or log on to http://www.ca.blm.gov.
On the Tahoe National Forest lands, open campfires are only permitted in campgrounds that have metal fire rings and water systems.
Woodcutting has been suspended and off-highway vehicles have been permitted in the Prosser Pit area near Truckee and the Sugar Pine area north of Foresthill.
Smoking is also limited to vehicles or buildings like BLM lands.
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