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Fire restrictions for Eldorado forest land

Eldorado National Forest officials announced fire restrictions will go back into place for the forest starting Friday, Oct. 17. The decision came in response to dry weather in the extended forecast and public concern in the aftermath of the Butte Fire.

“This is a risk management decision,” forest supervisor Laurence Crabtree said in a press release. “More backcountry use during hunting season means more campfires. It only takes one irresponsible person to start a destructive wildfire.”

Fire restrictions for recreational use will not affect the Forest Service’s prescribed fire program. When weather and air quality are favorable, prescribed fire projects will be implemented to handle forest fuels management. “Prescribed fires are closely watched. There’s a big difference between an abandoned campfire in a remote area and controlled prescribed fire operations with engines, dozers, and water tenders on hand,” Crabtree explained in the release.

A 249-acre prescribed fire was scheduled to take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Lost Horse near Lumberyard in the Amador Ranger District. An additional fire is scheduled for Iron Trap along Mormon Emigrant Trail later this week in the Placerville Ranger District. Forest visitors traveling along Highway 50 or Highway 88 and those living or recreating in the vicinity may see or smell smoke from these projects, but should not be alarmed. Prescribed fires are part of a strategy to prevent destructive wildfires.

Campfires will still be allowed in some developed recreation sites. These sites are listed in the Forest Order, which will be posted on the forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado. For more information on camping and other recreational opportunities, contact Eldorado National Forest at 530-622-5061.


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