Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office.
The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office plans to lift its seasonal fire restrictions on Dec. 2 for approximately 300,000-acres of public land, due to reduced wildland fire potential. This action also lifts target shooting restrictions on public lands within the field office jurisdiction, including Panoche, Tumey, and Griswold hills, according to a recent press release.
The easing of seasonal fire restrictions apply to public lands managed by the BLM Central Coast Field Office in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stanislaus counties. Seasonal fire restrictions were initiated on June 10.
The public is reminded by the BLM to remain cautious when recreating on public lands to prevent a wildland fire. For more information, visit readyforwildfire.org/Prevent-Wildfire. Safety tips include not idling or driving a vehicle onto dry grass or brush; carrying a fire extinguisher, shovel and bucket of water; and getting a permit for any campfire or use of portable gas stoves. Campfires and target shooting are always prohibited at Fort Ord National Monument due to munitions hazards and for public safety. California campfire permits are available for free at all BLM, Cal Fire and Forest Service offices, as well as online at www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits.
The BLM announcement also included information for target shooters and warned them of liability. “Although seasonal fire restrictions are lifted from BLM-managed public lands, recreational target shooters are reminded that hot bullet fragments and exploding targets can spark a wildland fire. As such, tracer round ammunition and incendiary devices are prohibited. Consider using paper targets to eliminate sparks. Recreational target shooters are required to pack out all spent shells, brass and targets. Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, can be held responsible for fire suppression and repair costs.”
The BLM release said the the BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities it serves. Public land provides opportunities for economic growth with space for traditional uses such as ranching, recreation, energy development, and cultural programs, as well as protection of threatened and endangered species. For more information, go to the Central Coast Field Office webpage at https://www.blm.gov/office/central-coast-field-office.