The Bureau of Land Management increased fire restrictions and temporary target shooting limitations to Stage 2 for BLM-managed public lands effective July 13, due to high fire danger.

Stage 2 includes the additional restriction of no campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless if you are in a developed campground, other than portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel with a valid California campfire permit, available at BLM field offices and at www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits.

Fourteen counties are affected by these restrictions and limitations in California on BLM-managed public lands in the Sierra Nevada foothills including: El Dorado, Nevada and Placer. Fire and shooting restrictions also affect BLM-managed recreational areas along the American, Merced, Mokelumne, South Yuba and Tuolumne rivers.

It is estimated that nearly 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are caused by humans. The public is advised to be extremely careful when recreating and to carry a shovel and water at all times, and check weather forecasts and fire danger ratings before leaving home. The following restrictions/limitations will remain in place until fire dangers subside:

• No campfires, barbeques, or open fires, regardless if you are in a developed campground. Portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are authorized with a valid California campfire permit.

• No shooting, use of firearms for hunting is still allowed.

• No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated developed recreation site.

• No tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads or trails (chainsaws or lawn mowers).

• No motorized vehicles off established roads or trails.

• No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.

• No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame, except by special permit.

• No use of explosives, except by special permit.

For information on how to prevent wildfires, visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/. For specific questions, contact the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

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