Fires Restrictions for NSL 2019

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  1. Apr 15, 2019 #1

    DaveW6DPS

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    As we have seen for the past few fire seasons the BLM has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for our launch site at Lucerne Valley. While the current fire danger is low, it is expected to increase rapidly now that humidity levels have begun to drop.

    For Stage II restriction no open fires are allowed. So don't waste the effort of bringing firewood or fire pits.

    For camp stoves, lanterns, 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.

    http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/
     
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    Does the restriction impact the type of motors allowed... I know you're on a dry lake bed for the most part with on scrub brush on the edges but this eliminate sparkies?
     
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    At this point there are no motor restrictions beyond the normal California restrictions, and we don't expect any. Since we have a Special Recreation Permit for rocket launching, that activity is exempted from the restrictions since it was specifically analyzed and authorized. After about 25 years of holding large launches at this site, we have a really good relationship with the BLM. The local BLM office is very familiar with our operations, and in fact visit us almost every month.

    The actual launch site has nothing that can burn nearby. There is always concern for embers from open campfires, and campfires that are directly on the lakebed that essentially bake the clay into a hard spot.

    If there are changes, we will publish them.
     

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