Fire Restrictions in Effect and New Fire Information Phone Line for the Eldorado National Forest

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 24, 2016 / comments

By: Jennifer Chapman, Eldorado National Forest

PLACERVILLE, CA, July 20, 2016 - Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning Thursday, July 21, announced 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 2016 California Campfire permit. The forest has also established a new fire information phone line for questions about fire activity during fire season: (530) 957-0488.

"While I am always cautious about imposing restrictions on forest visitors, the reduced moisture in the vegetation and other conditions give me reason to believe the fire risk situation in the forest and in California has 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."

On the Eldorado National Forest, fire restrictions mean:

No wood or charcoal fires are allowed outside of exempted recreation sites (see Forest Order) even with a valid campfire permit. 

Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit available at or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours.

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.

Those with a valid 2016 wood cutting permit must obey fire restrictions and cut firewood in compliance with the terms of their permit.

Complete details regarding the 2016 fire restrictions, including the list of designated recreation sites, will be available on the Eldorado National Forest website at: . 

Visitors are reminded that motor vehicles can be a fire ignition source and are allowed only on National Forest System roads, routes, trails and areas as identified on the Eldorado National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) at . 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. 

Questions about fire activity on or near the Eldorado National Forest should be directed to the new fire information phone line, (530) 957-0488.

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