Lake County News, CA – BLM issues fire prevention order
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Drought and summer conditions prompted the Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office to issue a fire prevention ordinance that prohibits many activities on public lands.
The office manages 270,000 acres of public lands in nine northern California counties, including Lake.
The fire prevention order, issued by Field Manager Nick Lavrov, takes effect Friday, June 24 and remains in effect until Lavrov rescinds it.
It prohibits campfires or open flames of any kind, except those in approved fire pits or grills at developed recreation sites; recreational target shooting, except with a valid hunting license for legal hunting; operate any internal combustion engine – including chainsaws, generators and ATVs – off BLM designed roads and trails; smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or trailer, or a designated campground in an open area; possession of welding or open flame torches; and explosives.
The full command is posted below.
Fire Prevention Ordinance
Ukiah Field Office
Order number CAC05000-22-01
Due to the increased risk of wildfire, the local Bureau of Land Management Ukiah prohibits the following acts under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 USC 1701, et. seq.) and pursuant to 43 Code for Federal Regulation (CFR) §9212.2, within the confines of the BLM Ukiah Field Office beginning at 12:01 a.m. on June 24, 2022 and until canceled by the Ukiah Field Manager. These prohibitions are in addition to acts already prohibited under 43 CFR §9212.1 and California Fire Order CA910-2020-001 year-round.
In the interest of wildfire prevention, public safety, and in accordance with 43 CFR §9212.2, these BLM actions complement and support wildfire prevention at the national and local levels; all state and local wildfire prevention laws and regulations apply to all public lands managed by BLM in the State of California.
Acts prohibited and defined by this order:
• It is prohibited to light, construct, maintain, assist or use a campfire or an open flame of any kind, with the exception of campfires in fireplaces and approved grills already provided at serviced recreation sites (see Appendix A), with a valid California campfire permit. Flame-controlled appliances, such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using gas, gelled kerosene, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted and require a valid California campfire permit. California campfire permits are available free of charge at any BLM, US Forest Service, and Cal Fire office or at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/.
• All recreational target shooting is temporarily prohibited under this order. Visit www.wheretoshoot.org for other recreational shooting locations.
o Except with a valid California State hunting license and actively engaged in the legal taking/pursuit of game and non-game species in accordance with California hunting regulations.
• Operate or use an internal combustion engine (eg, chainsaws, generators, ATVs) off BLM designated roads and trails. All internal combustion engines, except registered vehicles, must be equipped with a properly installed and maintained spark arrester.
• Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or trailer or when stationary/standing in a designated serviced campground with an area three feet in diameter that is sterile or cleared of all flammable materials and away from doors, windows and ventilation ducts of federal installations.
• Possession or use of a welding machine, acetylene machine or other open flame torch that uses oxygen and combustible gases to weld and cut steel or metal components. Welding and torch definitions and direction per 43 CFR §912.2, US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1910.252(a).
• No explosives.
Pursuant to 43 CFR §9212.2(b)(3), each of the following persons is exempt from this order:
1) Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
2) Persons with a license or contract specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited acts.
Red flag warnings
During the issuance of Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, as determined by the National Weather Service (NWS), all use of campfires is temporarily suspended to reduce the potential for unintended wildfire ignitions. during the event period.
Penalties for violation of this order
Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention ordinance, which may be classified as a Class A misdemeanor under 43 USC 1733(a) FLPMA, 18 USC 3559 and 18 USC 3571 Sentence of Fine – Sentencing Reform Act , October 12, 1984, which does not result in death, may be subject to a fine of up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or in accordance with the applicable provisions of 18 USC 3571 Reimbursement for total fire suppression and costs of damages incurred may be borne by the intruder.
A map of current restrictions and active fire prevention orders is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xmUEG.
Fire weather forecasts are available from the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/fire/.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general fire restrictions contained in 43 CFR 9212.1. Posted in Ukiah, California on June 21, 2022.
For questions, please call 707-468-4000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BLM Ukiah Field Manager
Ukiah Field Office
2550 N. State Street, Suite 2, Ukiah, CA 95482