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BLM seeks comment on land use rules

The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment as it works to make its rules and regulations consistent throughout the California desert.

The rules include restrictions on people riding in truck beds; burning metal such as nails in firewood, public nudity and the use of metal or wooden stakes. The rules also address saving camping spaces in open off highway vehicle areas and require people to keep trash picked up at their campsites.

Proposed penalties for violating could include a fine of $1,000 or no more than 12 months in prison or both. The deadline for comments is July 26.

These rules have been in place for more than 20 years, said Steve Razo, spokesman for the BLM’s California Desert District. But the rules haven’t always been the same in every part of the desert.

“For instance, the metal in pallets was one in which it was legal to burn in one part of the desert but illegal in another part of the desert,” he said, referring to rule number three, which prohibits people from burning pallets. “We want to know if we (missed) something or if there’s something about the rules that aren’t clear.”

Information on the rules is available at the BLM field office in Barstow at 2601 Barstow Road. The rules can also be viewed online at

 Comments can be sent to Lynnette Elser at the BLM California Desert District office at 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Comments can also be e-mailed to

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