BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

The California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management has declared a level of Stage 3 fire restrictions for the area ranging from Ridgecrest, CA to the border of Mexico. Fine fuels, which are at the driest level in recorded history, combined with hot, windy conditions, have created an elevated risk of fire throughout Southern California. In Joshua Tree National Park, fires are still permitted in park campgrounds and picnic areas, but visitors are reminded to use extreme caution with campfires and open flames. All campfires should be extinguished with water and using the “drown, stir, feel” method to insure the fire is out. Both campfires and open flame grills should always be attended. Back country campers are permitted to use camp stoves only.

In addition, the San Bernardino County Fire Marshal has suspended all burn permits for Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and all unincorporated areas of the county due to high winds, high temperatures, and low humidity. Covered barbecues and recreational fires fueled solely by natural gas or propane are exempt from the suspension. Cooking fires are permitted with a permit only when no other means of cooking are available. Trash burning is prohibited. Unlawful fires may result in legal action. The suspension is in effect immediately and until the fire marshal lifts it. More information is available at sbcfire.org.

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