ATF Guidance on Wildfire Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees and Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees

ATF Guidance on Wildfire
On December 8, 2017 ATF Los Angles Field Division issued the following:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Special Advisory, Los Angles Field Division

For Immediate Release, Friday, December 8, 2017

Contact:Los Angles Field Division,

LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is committed to ensuring public safety by working directly with federal firearms licensees (FFL) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/FEP) to safeguard their businesses during the wildfires blazing throughout Southern California.

There are 41 FELs and 173 FFLs in San Diego County.  The wildfires threatening portions of the county are forcing evacuations. If the wildfire is imminent, ATF is recommending FELs and FFLs move their records to a safe place. Explosives inventory should be relocated to a compliant storage magazine in an alternate location if an FEL is in the path of a fire.

If an FFL or FEL moves it records or inventory, they should contact the local ATF office at 858-966-1030 and provide the temporary storage location. Additionally, if any of the explosives, firearms or ammunition are missing, lost or stolen notify ATF at 888-283-2662.

For more information on preparedness for FELs and FFLs during natural disasters:

More information about ATF, including local office contact information, is available at


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