Fire ban lifted |

Fire ban lifted

Gregory Crofton

The U.S. Forest Service this week lifted a fire restriction in Eldorado National Forest that limited campfires to established campgrounds.

Campfires are now permitted outside of a campground with a valid California campfire permit. The special restriction went into effect in June because conditions were extremely dry. That danger has lessened because of higher humidity and lower temperatures, said Forest Supervisor John Berry.

The Forest Service tallied 106 fires in Eldorado National Forest this summer. Combined they burned 16,894 acres. The Star Fire, which started in August near the Middle Fork of the American River, was responsible for most of that burned land. It consumed at total of 16,800 acres in Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests.

Eldorado is a national forest located southwest of Desolation Wilderness. It’s most western edge extends to Pollock Pines and Georgetown. In the north, it shares a border with Tahoe National Forest. In the south, it shares a border with Stanislaus National Forest.

Campfire permits are free of charge and can be obtained at all U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry, and Bureau of Land Management Offices.

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