2014-07-03 / Front Page

Campfires are banned at river campgrounds

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:45 a.m. - Officials have banned campfires at Merced River campgrounds downstream of Briceburg due to extreme fire danger.

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced the new policy today. It will remain in effect until further notice.

"With the recent high temperatures, fuels are extremely dry," BLM Fire Management Officer Gerald Martinez said.

The restrictions apply to all BLM lands, and apply to barbecues and driving off of designated roads. Campers can use "portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel" to cook food, the statement said.

Citing fire safety during this summer's drought, officials have banned campfires across Mariposa County's Bureau of Land Management lands. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)Citing fire safety during this summer's drought, officials have banned campfires across Mariposa County's Bureau of Land Management lands. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)

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What about upstream from

What about upstream from Briceburg? Indian Flat, Dirt Flat and Dry Gulch? I live right near by and it's very scary! Campers do not need fires at this time of the year.

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