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Friday, April 5, 2013

BLM: Seasonal Fire restrictions and Road Closures on Public Lands Begin

 Bureau of Land Management is placing precautionary fire restrictions and road closures on public land managed by the Hollister Field Office.

 No vehicles, campfires or open flames will be allowed on BLM lands in the Panoche, Griswold, Tumey and Ciervo Hills, effective April 15 due to high fire danger.

BLM Fire Battalion Chief Michael Chiodini says the restrictions are needed due to dry fuels and low winter precipitation throughout central California. "A wildfire under these conditions could pose a serious threat to the public, communities, and adjacent private lands" said Chiodini.

As summer temperatures rise, the wildland fuels can become extremely dry and volatile. Fire can spread quickly, and threaten lives, property and resources.

The United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management advises homeowners to 'Take Responsibility' and keep 100 feet of clean, open space around your homes to provide defensible space, and improve the chance that your home and family can be saved in an uncontrolled wildfire.

For further information on the fire restrictions, contact the Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office at (831) 630-5029.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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