The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Inyo National Forest have announced that fire restrictions put into place for the Eastern Sierra this summer will be rescinded today.

Recent rain and snow, combined with increased humidity, shorter days, and cooler night time temperatures have prompted the land management agencies to lift the fire restrictions put into place earlier this summer. Taro Pusina, Inter-agency Fire Management Officer for the Bishop Field and Inyo National Forest, urges the public to keep fire safety in mind to avoid resource and property damage.

A campfire permit is still required for those camping outside of developed campgrounds and can be obtained at visitor centers or online.

Important fire safety reminders for outdoor activities on public lands include:

  1. Prevent vehicle related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread, and checking your brakes for over heating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.

2. Use of exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets, while recreationally shooting is both a fire hazard and illegal. Use of tracer rounds while target shooting is also a fire hazard and illegal. The use of steel-core ammunition, although legal, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.

3. Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.