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BLM relaxes fire restrictions in desert

December 26, 2018

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management reduced fire restrictions to Stage I Dec. 17 for all BLM-managed public lands within the California Desert District.

Recent rains, new growth in annual grasses, and milder temperatures were credited with the opportunity to relax the restrictions imposed early last summer. The change in fire restrictions affects Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Mono and San Diego counties.

Recreational target shooting restrictions initiated April 30 on BLM-managed public lands within southern Kern, western Riverside, western San Bernardino, eastern Los Angles and San Diego counties have also been terminated. The temporary fire closure order for the Whitewater Canyon in Riverside County has been terminated and public access to BLM-managed public lands is open.

Specific descriptions of fire restrictions, a fire restrictions map, and a copy of the fire order is available at https://go.usa.gov/xPznq.

“Under the right conditions public lands still have potential for wildfires to spread rapidly and become dangerous,” said Beth Ransel, BLM California Desert District Manager. “We ask for your continued cooperation in helping to minimize the potential for wildfires on public lands.”

The public is reminded to follow these precautions:

• Make sure to have a five-foot circle cleared around a campfire.

• Be sure to have a shovel and plenty of water on hand and put any fires dead out before leaving.

• Make sure cigarettes or cigars are put out when finished and that they are disposed of properly.

• Park motor vehicles away from locations where exhaust gasses or hot exhaust pipes could cause grass or other combustibles to ignite.

The public can find additional information about wildfire on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s website at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/.

For more information about wildfire prevention from the BLM, contact the California Desert District Office 951-697-5200 or Needles Field Office at 760-326-7000.

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