Fire restrictions now in effect in Eldorado National Forest
Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest today, Aug. 18, Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced earlier this week.
The restrictions limit wood and charcoal fires to designated sites and prohibit other fire related activities until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2017 California Campfire permit, according to a press release.
“While I am always cautious about imposing restrictions on forest visitors, I believe the fire risk situation in the forest and in California has reached a point that restricting campfires to campgrounds is appropriate” Crabtree said in the release. “Visitors can help protect their forest by educating others about fire danger and reporting abandoned or illegal fires to 911 or to the nearest Ranger Station.”
On National Forest system lands, fire restrictions mean:
No wood or charcoal fires are allowed outside of exempted recreation sites even with a valid campfire permit.
No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or exempted recreation site.
Operating a welding or other torch with an open flame is prohibited.
Operating an internal combustion engine without a properly operating spark arrestor is prohibited.
Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid 2017 California Campfire Permit (available at http://bit.ly/2i9IUlu or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours).
Those with a valid 2017 wood cutting permit may cut firewood in compliance with the terms of their permit.
Complete details regarding the 2017 fire restrictions, including the list of designated recreation sites, is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
Motor vehicles are allowed only on designated National Forest System roads, routes, trails and areas as identified on the Eldorado National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/enf/maps. The Eldorado National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map is available for free at any Eldorado National Forest office.
Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites, motor vehicle use and firewood cutting on the Eldorado National Forest may be directed to local Eldorado National Forest Service offices including: Supervisor’s Office, 530-622-5061; Pacific Ranger District 530-644-2349; Placerville Ranger District, 530-644-2324; Georgetown Ranger District, 530-333-4312; and the Amador Ranger District, 209-295-4251.