EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. - Effective Monday, August 17, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has implemented additional fire restrictions on all public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office.This includes lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter and Mariposa counties, about 230,000 acres. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
These restrictions prohibit all open fires on public lands, including campfires in campgrounds, because of extremely dry conditions. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
Campers are urged to be familiar with special limitations prior to visiting any public lands in these counties. A valid California campfire permit is required for lanterns and portable stoves. Open fires are prohibited. Campfire permits are available free of charge at any BLM, Forest Service, or California Department of Forestry Office, but campers need to be aware of restrictions in the area they are visiting.
The following restrictions apply:
•No open fires, campfires or open fire stoves, except lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
•No welding or use of any torch with an open flame, except by special permit.
•No use of explosives, except by special permit.
•No operating internal combustion engines, except on maintained roads.
•No firing tracers or incendiary devices capable of starting a fire.
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 Mother Lode Field Office at (916) 941-3101.