This includes BLM-managed public lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Mariposa counties, a total of about 230,000 acres.
"BLM Mother Lode Office announces fire restrictions" (BLM, 6/11/12)
Effective June 11, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management is implementing fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands within the Mother Lode Field Office boundary. This includes BLM-managed public lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Mariposa counties, a total of about 230,000 acres. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
These restrictions prohibit all open fires on public lands because of extremely dry conditions, according to Gerald Martinez, Fire Management Officer. "With the recent high temperatures, fuels are extremely dry," he said.
Campers are urged to be familiar with special limitations prior to visiting any public lands in these counties. A valid California campfire permit is required for all fires. Campfire permits are available free of charge at any BLM, Forest Service, or California Department of Forestry Office, but campers need to be aware of restrictions in the area they are visiting.
The following restrictions apply:
No open fires except in designated campgrounds, open fire stoves, except lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
No welding or use of any torch with an open flame, except by special permit.
No use of explosives, except by special permit.
No operating internal combustion engines, except on maintained roads.
No firing tracers or incendiary devices capable of starting a fire.
Violations are punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year in jail. For additional information contact BLM's Mother Lode Field Office at (916) 941-3101.
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On a related note,
"BLM hiring veterans to staff firefighting crew in Sacramento" (BLM, 6/15/12)
The Bureau of Land Management is using an empty Sacramento Metro Fire station in Orangevale as a home base for a new all-veteran fire crew. The agency is currently in the process of hiring United States military veterans to staff the crew. Once hired, the BLM will train the crew in firefighting techniques and make them available as a national firefighting resource. The crew will be known as the Folsom Lake Hand Crew.
"Our goal is two-fold," said BLM California Fire Management Officer Paul Bannister. "First, the crew will be an additional firefighting resource for this fire season and beyond, both locally and nationally. Second, this crew is as an opportunity for veterans to get jobs, gain skills, and hopefully become interested in employment with the BLM or other federal agencies in fire or other land management areas."
The BLM is leasing the Sac Metro fire station from Sacramento County as a duty station for the 20-person crew. The crew will focus on wildland fire suppression and fuels management. Bannister said the crew is expected to be up and running as a national firefighting resource this summer.
The BLM expects to begin a second round of hiring for veterans for next year's crew soon. People interested in applying should check back with the USA Jobs website at http://blm.usajobs.gov/.
For more information, contact Nate Gogna at (916) 640-1190.
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