Effective Saturday, July 14, the Bureau of Land Management is implementing fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Bakersfield Field Office in Eastern Kern County, including recreational areas at Lake Isabella and Walker Pass. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions join restrictions already in place in the California Desert District.

Field Office Manager Tim Smith said the restrictions are needed due to dry fuels and high fire danger throughout Central California. “A wildfire under these conditions could pose a serious threat to the public, resources, and adjacent private lands and communities,” he said.

According to Smith, all wood and charcoal campfires and barbecues are prohibited.

Restrictions include:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using open fires, campfires or stove fires are strictly prohibited. Lanterns and/or portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted with a valid campfire permit.

• Do not operate tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads or trails.

• No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or at a designated developed recreation site, or other designated areas.

• No motorized vehicles off established roads or trails.

• No shooting using incendiary, tracer, steel core or armor piercing ammunition.

• No fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks.

The BLM advises homeowners to “Take Responsibility” and keep 100 feet of clean, open space around their homes to provide defensible space and improve the chance that their homes and families can be saved in an uncontrolled wildfire.

For further information on the fire restrictions, contact the BLM Bakersfield Field Office at (661) 391-6000.

Information provided courtesy of BLM Bakersfield Field Office.

For more information on restrictions specific to the California Desert District (CDD) please click here.