Because of critical fire weather and dry conditions, the Bureau of Land Management has imposed fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands within the Mother Lode Field Office boundary.
Restrictions prohibit all open fires, campfires or open fire stoves on public lands.
The restrictions cover about 230,000 acres in 11 northern California counties: Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, Placer, Stanislaus, Nevada, Yuba, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Sutter and Mariposa.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento says temperatures from 100 to 112 are expected in the Sacramento Valley and foothills the next few days, increasing dangerous fire conditions.
Firefighters continue working two major fires, the Sand Fire in Los Angeles County and the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County.
Smoke from both fires has worsened air quality in the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of California and Nevada.
The BLM says the following restrictions are in effect until further notice:
- No open fires, campfires or 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.
- No fireworks.
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