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Posted on: June 6, 2022

FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT IN THE EASTERN SIERRA

Effective Monday, June 6, 2022 the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office implemented fire restrictions on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction. Seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra Region are being implemented in close coordination with other state and local county agencies.

“Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, it is necessary to implement these seasonal fire restrictions,” said Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Jeff Starosta. “We want to protect our visitors, communities, and natural resources from the risk of wildfire. Please do your part to help us minimize fire potential.” 

The following restrictions will be in place on both agency lands: 

  • No Campfires, briquette/charcoal barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of agency-provided fire rings or barbeques at designated developed recreation sites. Dispersed campfires such as rock rings, will no longer be allowed. 
  • No Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter barren of all flammable materials. 
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame. 
  • No motorized vehicles or tools powered by internal combustion engines off designated roads or trails (such as chainsaws or lawn mowers). 

Additionally, on Bureau of Land Management lands only: 

  • No target shooting, except with a State of California hunting license and in accordance with California hunting regulations. 

As always, possessing, discharging or using fireworks or pyrotechnic devices are prohibited across Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Additionally, a valid California Campfire Permits is required whenever you operate a stove or fire on these public lands. 

There are, however, exemptions to these fire restrictions. Please check each agency’s website for their official orders: 

HELP US PREVENT WILDFIRES

Residents and visitors are reminded that simple steps can help prevent human-caused fires: 

  • Make sure your campfire is dead out! Drown it, stir it, feel it. If it’s not cool to the touch, it isn’t  out. 
  • Be sure to maintain your vehicle’s proper tire pressure, ensure adequate tire tread, and check brakes for overheating. Do not drive or park on brush or grass. Do not drag chains while towing. 
  • Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor. 
  • Remember that the use of steel-core ammunition, although legal while hunting, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire if ricocheted off objects such as rocks. 

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention order may be fined not more than $100,000 and/or face imprisonment for not more than 12 months. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs incurred may be borne by the trespasser.

 


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