Kern County Fire announces restrictions for dry mountains

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Fire Department announced restrictions starting Wednesday, aimed at protecting the mountain communities after a very dry winter.

These restrictions are in effect until further notice, according to the fire department.

-- No campfires will be allowed anywhere in Greenhorn or Tehachapi Mountain Park.

-- Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be allowed only in authorized campsites if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit, which can be obtained by visiting any Kern County fire station.

-- When using a stove, remember to clear all flammable material 5 feet in all directions from the stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.

-- Operating an internal combustion engine outside properly designated roads or trails, welding and using explosives will all be strictly prohibited during these increased restrictions.

-- If riding a motorized vehicle on trails, ensure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester.

-- Smoking will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles and within authorized recreation sites.

Anyone causing a wildfire could be liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire, according to the department. Anyone who spots a fire should call 911.