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W-5 Cold Springs

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BLM Northern CA District
Bureau of Land Management
6640 Lockheed Dr.
Redding, CA 96002

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Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Applegate Field Office is prohibiting the following acts under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701, et. seq.) and pursuant to 43 CFR §9212.2, the following acts are prohibited on BLM-managed public lands, areas, roads, waterways, and trails in the Applegate Field Office starting Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. (local time) until further notice. In addition, this fire order has been amended to prohibit all uses of open flame on all BLM-managed lands within California.

Acts prohibited and defined under this order:

• Building, attending, maintaining, or using any open fire, campfire, charcoal barbecue, or coal or wood stove. Controlled flame devices, such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed and require a valid California Campfire Permit (
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or camp trailer or while stopped or standing in a three-foot diameter area barren or cleared of all flammable materials and away from federal facility doors, windows, and air ducts.
• Operating or using any portable tool or device powered by an internal combustion engine off established roads or trails on Public Lands. Chainsaws with approved spark arresters may be used off designated roads and trails for personal use firewood cutting until 1 p.m. daily.
• Possessing or operating any welding, acetylene device, or other open flame torch that uses oxygen and fuel gases to weld and cut steel or metallic components.
• Possessing or discharging any fireworks, including “safe and sane,” on any Public Lands.
• Possessing, using, or discharging any incendiary, tracer, steel component (core or jacketed), or armor piercing ammunition of any caliber while target shooting, or using any exploding targets or targets made of materials that could explode or emit sparks and cause a wildfire. Persons hunting during open season for a game bird or mammal as specified by state laws with a valid state hunting license in their possession may discharge a firearm at the legal game bird or mammal.

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands under. This Order is effective from May 28, 2020, through November 30, 2020.
It restricts:
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire outside of a developed recreation site. 36 CFR 261.52(a)
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261.52(d).
Operating an internal combustion engine off paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, except boats on a water surface. 36 CFR 261.52(h).

 The South Warner Wilderness of the Modoc National Forest is located in the southeast section of the Warner Mountain Ranger District and is 18 miles long by 8 miles wide. The Wilderness has very steep slopes on the east side and moderate slopes on the west. A variety of vegetation adorns the area from high desert sagebrush and juniper to high alpine terrain. 

This wilderness offers picturesque vistas and the highest peaks in northeast California. All of Modoc County, much of Lassen County, and the Black Rock Desert in Northwestern Nevada are visible from higher areas. Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen can be seen in the eastern panorama.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northern California District manages about 3.5 million acres of public lands, covering a diverse landscape, ranging from the arid and rugged Great Basin to the fog shrouded forests of the North Coast. The Redding-based district office oversees field offices in Alturas, Arcata, Redding and Susanville and a field station in Cedarville. The district contains two distinct regions. On the east, the Applegate and Eagle Lake field offices oversee vast expanses of public lands in a high desert landscape, including about a million and a half acres in far western Nevada. Small communities depend on public lands for economic benefits, primarily through livestock grazing, and tourism uses ranging from hunting to mountain biking. 

These lands provide habitat for 14 wild horse herds and special status species, such as greater sage grouse.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 11:45 AM
LocationNorthern Lassen County, CA, 11 miles east of Madeline.
Incident CommanderBLM Applegate Field Office
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates41.029 latitude, -120.281 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel28
Size84,817 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Juniper, sagebrush, grass


Planned Actions

Mop up, patrol, fire suppression repair