The BLM has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for our launch site at Lucerne Valley. While this action was taken early in the year, restrictions have not been lifted.
For Stage II restriction no open fires are allowed. Even for camp stoves and similar devices with a shut-off valve, a California Campfire Permit is required. The permit is free, but you must ensure it is issued and you have a hard copy in hand before lighting any such device.
Smoking is limited to an area where there is no vegetation within five feet, so basically the entire lakebed.
From the BLM Order, Number CAD-000-2019-01 (Fire Prevention Orders):
“Stage II Restrictions – Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind is prohibited, except campfires within approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites; or campfires within the Imperial County Special Recreation Management Areas with a valid California Campfire Permit. 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 is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 5 feet in all directions. “