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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Special Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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

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 389 FELs and 508 FFLs between Los Angeles and Ventura counties.  The wildfires threatening portions of those counties 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 818-265-2645 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:

Explosives licensees and permittees should refer to ATF Publication 5400.16 

Firearms licensees should refer to ATF Publication 3317.7



Los Angeles Field Division