The Bureau of Land Management has implemented fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Redding Field Office in Shasta, Siskiyou, Butte, Trinity and Tehama counties. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the BLM’s year-round statewide fire prevention order.

“These seasonal restrictions on fire use are designed to help protect public lands and nearby communities from wildfire,” said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata. “There is potential for a very active fire season this year, and we must take all precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires.”

The fire restrictions prohibit all campfires and barbecues, except in the Junction City, Steel Bridge and Douglas City campgrounds in Trinity County, and in the Shasta and Bohemotash campgrounds within the Chappie- Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Campfires are prohibited in the Forks of Butte primitive campground in Butte County.

Portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed outside of these posted campgrounds and recreation sites with a valid California campfire permit. Visitors should be extremely careful with campfire use. Free campfire permits are available online at www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/ and at BLM, Forest Service and Cal Fire offices.

Other restrictions include:

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

► No motor vehicles or internal combustion engines off established roads or trails. Chainsaws equipped with functioning spark arresters may be used for personal-use firewood cutting until 1 p.m. daily.

► No possession or use of fireworks, including “safe and sane” devices.

Target shooters may not use incendiary, exploding, tracer, steel core or armor-piercing ammunition, or targets made of material that could explode or emit sparks. Target shooting will be allowed from a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily. Shooters must have shovels or fire extinguishers on hand.

Detailed information on the Redding seasonal restrictions and the BLM statewide order is available at www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions.

BLM officials noted that violations of fire restrictions are punishable by a fine up to $100,000, up to 12 months in jail, or both. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs may be borne by the trespasser.

For more information, telephone the Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100. Information on preventing wildfires is available at www.readyforwildfire.org.

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