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. “
Due to guidance from our national governing organizations, as of October 2019, the ROC board has decided to prohibit the use of all drones, UAVs, RC aircraft and any other flying devices that are not rocket powered boost gliders, regardless of location or time at our events.
Radio controlled rocket gliders are permitted, when following the NAR Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Safety Code.
We have had a number of issues with the conduct of people flying these devices, including an injury earlier this year that resulted from someone not following the previous policy.
I want to remind everyone that attends a ROC Launch of ROC’s Drone Policy.