Inyo Register

BLM, Forest Service lift seasonal fire restrictio­ns

Restrictio­ns lifted oct. 31

- Register Staff

The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, in coordinati­on with the Inyo National Forest, was set to lift fire restrictio­ns on all federal lands under their jurisdicti­on effective Monday, Oct. 31.

“Due to cooler fall weather conditions and declining fire danger, we are lifting seasonal fire restrictio­ns,” said Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Sherri Lisius. “While weather conditions are no longer causing high fire danger, we still urge everyone to recreate responsibl­y and help minimize fire potential when visiting public lands.”

Seasonal fire restrictio­ns for the Eastern Sierra Region are implemente­d in close coordinati­on with other state and local county agencies.

On public lands within the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest jurisdicti­ons, campfires are now allowed outside of developed recreation sites such as campground­s and picnic areas. Campfires must be supervised and controlled at all times, have at least 10 feet of flammable material cleared around it, and only leave when fully extinguish­ed.

To reduce impacts to the landscape, if available, use of existing “rock

rings” are preferred rather than creating new ones.

Certain activities are prohibited year-round. For example, possessing, dischargin­g, or using fireworks or pyrotechni­c devices are prohibited across Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Additional­ly, a valid California campfire permit is required whenever visitors operate a stove or fire on public lands.

Check each agency’s website for details on current statewide restrictio­ns:

USDA Region 5

National Forest

Bureau of Land Management California

Preventing wildfires

BLM and the Inyo Forest remind residents and visitors that simple steps can help prevent human-caused fires:

• Make sure your campfire is dead out! Drown it, stir it, feel it. If it’s not cool to the touch, it isn’t out.

• Be sure to maintain your vehicle’s proper tire pressure, ensure adequate tire tread, and check brakes for overheatin­g. Do not drive or park on brush or grass. Do not drag chains while towing.

•Motorcycle­s, ATVs and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.

•Remember that the use of steel-core ammunition, although legal while hunting, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire if ricocheted off objects such as rocks.

The terminated fire prevention orders can be found https://www.blm. gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2022-10/Seasonal_ Fire_Restrictio­ns_ Rescinded_Bishop_2022_. pdf and https://www.blm. gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2022-10/ Terminatio­n_Fire_ Restrictio­ns_10-26-22-12. pdf.

 ?? Photo by Jesse Pluim/Bureau of Land Management ?? Fire restrictio­ns have been lifted on public lands including the Crowley Lake campground site.
Photo by Jesse Pluim/Bureau of Land Management Fire restrictio­ns have been lifted on public lands including the Crowley Lake campground site.
 ?? National Park Service photo by Yuki Buday ?? A photo from September shows the damaged section of CA-190 between Panamint Valley and Towne Pass.
National Park Service photo by Yuki Buday A photo from September shows the damaged section of CA-190 between Panamint Valley and Towne Pass.
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