Fire restrictions begin July 14 on the Eldorado National Forest

    Fire restrictions begin July 14 on the Eldorado National Forest (File Photo)

    Fire restrictions are going into effect on the Eldorado National Forest on Saturday, July 14.

    According to the forest supervisor Laurence Crabtree, wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season.

    Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2018 California campfire permit.

    "While I am always cautious about imposing restrictions on visitors, conditions in the forest and in California have reached a point that restricting campfires to campgrounds is appropriate" said Crabtree. "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."

    The Stanislaus National Forest will begin fire restrictions as well in the Moore Creek area along the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.

    On National Forest System Lands, fire restrictions mean:

    • No wood or charcoal fires are allowed outside of exempted recreation sites (see Forest Order) 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 2018 California Campfire Permit available at campfire permit or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours.
    • Those with a valid 2018 wood cutting permit may cut firewood in compliance with the terms of their permit.

    Complete details regarding the 2018 fire restrictions, including the list of designated recreation sites, is available on the Eldorado National Forest website at:

    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.

    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.

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